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Dr Filippa Lentzos

Associate Senior Researcher

Dr Filippa Lentzos

Dr Filippa Lentzos

Dr Filippa Lentzos is an Associate Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Armament and Disarmament Programme. She is also a co-director of the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) and Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London, a biosecurity columnist at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, an Associate Editor of the journal BioSocieties, and the NGO Coordinator for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.

A biologist and social scientist by training, Dr Lentzos spent the first ten years of her career at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 2012, she moved to King’s College London as part of the team establishing the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, and, in 2017, she became cross-appointed to King’s Department of War Studies.

Dr Lentzos has researched and been actively involved in biological disarmament and non-proliferation for over 15 years. For more about her work see

Subject expertise

Biological disarmament and non-proliferation, biodefence, emerging technologies, governance

Regional expertise

Global (UK and USA in particular)

English, Norwegian

PhD in Sociology, University of Nottingham

External publications
  • Lentzos, F., The Russian disinformation attack that poses a biological danger, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (Nov 2018)
  • Lentzos, F. and Littlewood, J., DARPA’s Prepare program: Preparing for what?, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (July 2018)
  • Bruner, R., Lentzos, F., Militarising the mind: Assessing the weapons of the ultimate battlefield, BioSocieties (May 2018)
  • Lentzos, F., How do we control dangerous biological research?, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (April 2018)
  • Lentzos, F., Ignore Bill Gates: Where bioweapons focus really belongs, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (July 2017)
  • Lentzos, F., Biological threats in the 21st Century: The politics, people, science and historical roots, London: Imperial College Press (2016)
  • Marris, C., Jefferson, C. and Lentzos, F., Negotiating the dynamics of uncomfortable knowledge: The case of dual use and synthetic biology, BioSocieties Vol.9(4): 292-420 (2014)
  • Jefferson, C., Lentzos, F. and Marris, C., Synthetic biology and biosecurity: Challenging the ‘myths’, Frontiers in Public Health Vol.2:115 (2014)
  • Lentzos, F., The risk of bioweapons use: Considering the evidence base, BioSocieties Vol.9(1): 84-93 (2014)
  • Lentzos, F., The American biodefence industry: From emergency to nonemergence, Politics and the Life Sciences Vol. 26(1): 15-23 (2007)