CISSM Senior Fellow Kathleen Vogel selected as Rutherford Fellow

April 23, 2018

CISSM Senior Fellow Kathleen Vogel was selected for a Rutherford Visiting Fellowship to support her work studying biosecurity threats, knowledge production on security, and patterns in human trafficking. As part of the fellowship she’ll be based at the Alan Turing Institute in London for the fall of 2018.

Vogel was selected by the UK’s Rutherford Fund, which aims to help maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in science and research by attracting highly skilled researchers to the UK. Launched in July 2017, the Fund includes more than £100 million over the next four years to support the provision of fellowships for international research talent.

These fellowships have been awarded to early-career and senior researchers who have now all begun their research, which runs for a duration of six to 12 months. The fellowships bring talented new researchers to the UK from the following leading research nations: Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Pakistan, Turkey and the USA.

Vogel has a track record of doing innovative research on biosecurity and biological weapons threats. Most recently, she served as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the U.S. Department of State. A chemist by training, Vogel worked on the faculty of NC State University and Cornell University before joining the University of Maryland School of Public Policy as Associate Professor last year. 

The Rutherford fund is named after Ernest Rutherford, one of the UK’s most distinguished scientists, the father of nuclear physics, a Nobel Laureate, holder of chairs at the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge, and, crucially, an immigrant – who came to the UK at the age of 24 from New Zealand.