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Dr. Teresa Abraham joins SMI's Growing Life Sciences Practice

Washington, D.C. - Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) announces that Dr. Teresa Abraham has joined the SMI Life Science practice group. With a deep expertise in biology, Dr. Abraham brings a wealth of experience working within the federal government in Washington, D.C.

“Teresa is a great addition to the SMI team,” said SMI COO Bill McCann. “We are building a strong life sciences practice that is rooted in technical expertise and federal experience. Teresa strengthens our team in both regards.”

Dr. Abraham joins SMI from Gryphon Scientific where she served as a Senior Analyst. Prior to Gryphon, she served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where she worked in the Division of International Health Security in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. At HHS, she led several multilateral and bilateral engagements with the G7+Mexico that promoted global health security and involved the health, defense, and intelligence communities.

At Gryphon Scientific, Dr. Abraham led several projects on behalf of the federal government. For instance, she was the science communications lead and technical expert for a new collaboration center to support the National Institute of Health’s Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS). Other projects have centered on developing public health preparedness and response policies related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear events. She has led projects to evaluate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)’s MONAHRQ software platform, a public reporting tool for health care quality information, and HHS’ National Disaster Medical System. In September 2014, in the midst of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Dr. Abraham was invited to speak at the National Defense University on the Security Implications of the Ebola Crisis in Africa.

Dr. Abraham completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Microbiology and Immunology Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she discovered that a novel long-range structure within the Hepatitis B virus RNA is critical for viral replication. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota.