Nina V. Fedoroff

Co-Chair of Advisory Board

Former Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, US

Nina V. Fedoroff received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Rockefeller University. After doing post-doctoral work, Fedoroff joined the faculties of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (now the Carnegie Institution for Science) and the Johns Hopkins University. Fedoroff moved to the Pennsylvania State University in 1995, where she served as the Director of the Biotechnology Institute and the founding Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, a consortium of colleges devoted to the promotion of multidisciplinary research and teaching in the life sciences. She is the Willaman Professor of Life Sciences and an Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State, as well as a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. She serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. She is also currently the President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Fedoroff has published two books and more than 130 papers in scientific journals. She has served on the boards of the International Science Foundation, the Genetics Society of America, and the Sigma Aldrich Corporation. She has also served on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Board. She is a member the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Microbiology. Fedoroff received the University of Chicago’s Howard Taylor Ricketts Award in 1990, the New York Academy of Sciences’ Outstanding Contemporary Woman Scientist award in 1992, the Sigma Xi’s McGovern Science and Society Medal in 1997, Syracuse University’s Arents Pioneer Medal in 2003, and a National Medal of Science in 2006.