Tara Barsotti is an analyst with the HDIAC, assisting with content development and answering technical inquiries in the HDIAC’s core technical focus areas. Prior to joining the HDIAC, Tara was a Stead Scholar to the Arkansas Department of Health, where she primarily focused on communicable diseases and conducted research designed to better understand to the opioid epidemic in the state of Arkansas. She has conducted research in molecular biology focused on C. difficile toxin production, logic, and mechanism of pathogenesis as well as conducted pathogen analysis working with Lepomis macrochirus fish. Tara received her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Political Science, both from the University of Arkansas, and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Science, Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University.
Podcasts / Webinars
In this video podcast, HDIAC analyst Tara Barsotti interviews Monte Hawkins, Director of the National Vetting Center (NVC), in a conversation that overviews the NVC’s origins, mission, and operations. The interview touches on NVC’s role in the watchlisting process, the future of border security, and the importance of information sharing in protecting the homeland.