Science Policy


Science policy analysts observe and influence the direction of local, state and national science policy by working directly with lawmakers or establishing and advising government programs. They serve as the communication bridge between researchers, the public and policy makers. Science policy is critical for global health, world policy, and the continued funding of research. Science policy analysts are currently working on hot topics like the response to Zika and Ebola, improving healthcare, advocating for continued funding for scientific research, and the ethical implications of new technologies like stem cells, genome editing and synthetic biology.

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Jason Rao, PhD
Senior Director for Engagement and Innovation, American Society for Microbiology
Advisory Chair, Health Security Partners
PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program, 2002