Dr. Nancy Kelley-Loughnane

Air Force Research Laboratory
Biosciences Technical Advisor
Biotechnology for Materiel and Defense Symposium (Webinar) : Panel 2: DoD Research Priorities, Interests, and Outlook from Government S&T Partners

Dr. Nancy Kelley-Loughnane is the Biosciences Technical Advisor to the Chief Scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW), Air Force Research Laboratory.  Dr. Kelley-Loughnane serves as the 711th HPW's lead scientific/technical advisor for the wing's strategic vision for Genetic and Synthetic Biology (GSB) research, including systems biology, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and the microbiome. Dr. Kelley-Loughnane works in collaboration with the Chief Scientist to provide advice and counsel to the commander, wing mission leaders, and senior staff on the technical vision and scientific quality of the Wing's research activities pertaining to GSB, including Air Force Science and Technology (S&T) funded research, Defense Health Program/Air Force Medical Service funded research, and externally funded research. She serves as the focal point to coordinate bioscience research activities within the wing; provides technical guidance to research teams to foster cross-wing collaboration, promotes synergy, encourages innovation, and ensures scientific rigor in lead/leverage/watch decisions. In this role she provides technical leadership for 711 HPW and AFRL on high interest Department of Defense biotech-related programs. In addition to her leadership at the Air Force level, she leads at the national level by serving as the Executive Secretary for the Department of Defense (DoD) Engineering Biology Research for Biotechnology Health and Performance Council (BHPC). She coordinates the technical activities of 100+ scientists and engineers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and USSOCOM, and provides technical assessment and leadership in engineering biology as applicable to human performance.