Kai Ilchmann is a Research Fellow at SPRU and has been attached to the Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons since 2004. Before starting his PhD he trained as a biologist. Ilchmann’s current research interests focus on the application of risk and threat assessment methodologies, especially as they are applied to counter biological terrorism, and analysis of policy responses to the biological weapons problem more generally. His other research interest is in management and governance of technology and innovation. His previous work has included participation in a European Commission project assessing societal vulnerabilities to radiological, biological and chemical terrorism.