Dr. Burnham is a senior public health specialist for CIDRAP's BioWatch team and is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Veterinary Pathobiology department for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. After 12 years in private practice, Dr. Burnham spent the next 15 years serving Texas in several animal health–related agencies, including the Texas Racing Commission and later as the bi-national liaison to Mexico for the Texas Animal Health Commission.
Her most recent experience, however, is in public health preparedness with the Texas Department of State Health Services, where she was the lead for 7 years for the state-level BioWatch Coordinating Committee. During this time she developed and served as medical consultant for a Web site that tracks outbreaks of diseases that have the potential to be used as biological terror agents. She is the 2012 recipient of the BioWatch program award for excellence in public health preparedness. Dr. Burnham has shared her expertise in the history of biological warfare and in bioterrorism in more than 60 presentations as an invited lecturer to many venues.
Dr. Burnham attended the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, where she received her veterinary degree.