Libbie M Prescott


Adjunct Associate Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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Dr. Elizabeth “Libbie” Prescott works at the intersection of science, technology, and security as the Deputy Director and Chief Technology Officer for the National Security Technology Accelerator based out of National Defense University and as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University. Previously, she served at the U.S. Department of State as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources; Counselor to the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State; and Science and Technology Adviser to the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. She also served as Practice Head for Biosecurity at the Eurasia Group; a AAAS Congressional Fellow for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions working for Senator Edward M. Kennedy; a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies-US; a Fellow at the National Academy of Science’s Board on Science, Technology & Economic Policy; and consulted for the Strategy Division of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. She is a former Council on Foreign Relations Term Member; Center for New American Security Next Generation National Security Leader; German Marshall Fund Young Strategist, and Truman National Security Project Fellow. Libbie has her doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Oxford, Balliol College and dual degrees with high honors in Economics and Molecular & Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.


  • D.Phil. (2002) University of Oxford, Balliol College, Molecular Biology
  • BA (1998) University of California, Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology
  • BA with High Honors (1998) University of California, Berkeley, Economics