Andrew Herr


Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)
CEO, Helicase


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
General profile

Office hours

By appointment


Andrew Herr is the CEO of Helicase, an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Helicase is a leader in human performance enhancement. The Helicase team leverages cutting-edge science and technology to enhance mental and physical performance through nutrition and cognitive programs. Helicase also conducts groundbreaking research and development to push the frontiers of the field through its Mind Plus Matter division.

At Georgetown, Andrew teaches about unconventional weapons technologies with a ‘hands-on’ approach, enabling students to gain first-hand experience relevant to chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological weapons, additive manufacturing, and human enhancement. He also writes and speaks broadly on the future of human performance, human enhancement, and biotechnology.

With the Center for a New American Security’s Defense Strategies & Assessments Program, Andrew focuses on the role of humans in warfare, including the impact of human performance enhancement and human-machine teaming, as well as approaches to effectively develop and integrate emerging technologies into civilian and military operations.

Prior to his current positions, he led studies on the future of human performance and biotechnology for the Department of Defense, trained U.S. Government personnel preparing for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq, and worked with the Departments of Homeland Security and Energy on emerging technology strategy, nuclear weapons detection, and radiation dosimetry.

Andrew has been selected as a Mad Scientist by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, a Fellow by the Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program, a Leader of Tomorrow by Global Biotech Revolution, a Next Generation Fellow by the Center for a New American Security, a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow by the U.S. Department of Education, and a Science & Technology Fellow by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also regularly judges at iGEM, the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition.

Andrew received Master’s Degrees in Health Physics, Microbiology & Immunology, and Security Studies from Georgetown University, where he also completed his undergraduate work in the School of Foreign Service, earned a certificate in Eurasian, Russian, and East European studies, and learned to speak Russian. Andrew’s interest in Russia and the former Soviet space led him to study in Russia, travel more than 10,000 miles across the country by train, live with Kazakh nomads who train eagles to hunt, and enjoy roasted lamb in the Turkmen desert.


  • MS (2010) Georgetown University, Health Physics
  • MS (2009) Georgetown University, Microbiology & Immunology
  • MA (2009) Georgetown University, Security Studies
  • BSFS () Georgetown University, Science, Technology, and International Affairs


  • Russian (speak, read, write)