Aparupa
Sengupta, Ph.D., RBP

Senior Program Officer, Global Biological Policy and Programs

Global Biological Policy & Programs (NTI | Bio)

Aparupa Sengupta serves as a Senior Program Officer for NTI’s Global Biological Policy and Programs team (NTI | bio). In this role, she supports the Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction Initiative (BIRRI) to reduce risks of biotechnology catastrophe. This includes efforts to advance the International Biosecurity and Biosafety Initiative for Science (IBBIS), a new international entity NTI is launching to safeguard science and reduce the risk of catastrophic events that could result from deliberate abuse or accidental misuse of bioscience and biotechnology.

Sengupta is an accomplished scientist and global health security practitioner with more than 15 years of research, regulatory, and training experience across the fields of infectious disease containment, biosafety and biosecurity, and global biological risk reduction. Prior to joining NTI in 2022, she served at the University of California (Merced campus), where she initiated and led their biosafety and biosecurity programs, first, as the campus biosafety-biosecurity officer since May 2018 and then as the Assistant Director for Environmental Health and Safety and Director of High Containment Research Laboratories. From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she served as the COVID-19 response subject matter expert at the institution’s Emergency Operation Center. Prior to 2018, Sengupta was a Biosafety Officer at Rutgers University, where she managed an Institutional Biosafety Committee that reviews biological risks related to infectious disease and recombinant DNA research, and she led multiple projects related to CRISPR/Cas9 and other emerging technologies and their potential implications in the biosafety-biosecurity realm.

Sengupta is an active member of American Biological Safety International (ABSA Int.), where she plays key leadership roles in multiple committees; to highlight- Chair, Publications Committee and Co-Chair, International Engagement Committee. She also teaches pre-conference courses in the field of gene editing and related to other emerging technologies, and she has been invited to give many talks in the U.S. and internationally, advocating for the safe and secure use of emerging recombinant technologies in the evolving field of biosciences.

Sengupta holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Applied Biochemistry and M.S. in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology from Michigan Technological University and a M.Sc. in Biotechnology from Bangalore University, India. Sengupta is also a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) with ABSA International.

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Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction Initiative

Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction Initiative

Advances in biotechnology outpace national governments’ ability to provide needed oversight to prevent accidents or deliberate misuse of dangerous biological agents.

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