Dr. Forrest is currently serving one year as Senior Science Advisor for the U. S. Department of State through August 2014. Forrest is a Professor in CIDSE and Center Director in the Biodesign Institute. She is a computer scientist who studies the biology of computation and computation in biology, including biological modeling of immunological processes and evolutionary diseases, cybersecurity, software engineering, and evolutionary computation and an External Professor and Science Board member at the Santa Fe Institute. Forrest is former Distinguished Regents Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque Professor Forrest received her Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan. Before joining UNM she worked for Teknowledge Inc. and was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Professor Forrest is an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute and serves on its science board. She also served as SFI's Interim Vice President 1999-2000. Professor Forrest is a member of the Adaptive Computation Group at UNM, where she studies adaptive systems, including genetic algorithms, computational immunology, biological modeling, and computer security. She is also a member of the Program in Interdisciplinary Biological & Biomedical Science (PIBBS) and the Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology (CETI).