Zeena Nisar

Biosecurity Fellow, Congressional Track

Zeena Nisar has completed a congressional fellowship with the House Foreign Affairs Committee (majority staff), supporting export controls, international security, and China-related policymaking. After her fellowship, she took a role as a full-time staffer at the National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology.

Zeena is a molecular biologist turned policy researcher who is focused on mitigating the risks of emerging biotechnologies. Previously, Zeena was a policy research fellow with the Wilson Center in DC, where she independently researched and wrote an extensive monograph on cross-border genomic data sharing between the US and China. Zeena holds a BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado and an MS in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Zeena was a Fulbright fellow in Kyrgyzstan (2019 – 2020) and a Schwarzman Scholar in China (2020 – 2021).