I make the world a better place through science, technology and policy for innovation
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Comprehensive knowledge and experience navigating and influencing US science and technology policy for human capital development and innovation, with a strong network of relationships within the Executive and Legislative Branches of the US government.
As a founder and member of numerous non-government organizations (NGOs), I have worked with the pubic and the government to affect national priorities. I am well versed in the use of public-private partnerships to benefit the public.
Next generation lean start-up experience through the founding of two companies to develop technologies, networks and digital outreach strategies for city level and global innovations. Also support federally funded innovation technology hubs.
DATA SCIENCE AND BIG DATA
Coordinate the National Big Data Initiative and data science education, infrastructure and community-building across US federal government agencies and within the National Science Foundation (NSF).
NEXT GENERATION INTERNET AND APPS
Adviser plus strategic planning for the White House and NSF US Ignite initiative and the Mozilla Gigabit Fund to develop connected gigabit internet cities and next generation gigabit apps throughout the US.
Develop US government smart cities programs. Founded Global City Logistics to accelerate the development of smart cities and citizens though partnerships, open data and Big Data strategies.
CROWDSOURCING FOR INNOVATION
Coordinate challenges and prize competitions, hackathons, and maker fairs for public innovation. Started the Data Science Seminar Series @ NSF to explore a US data science education agenda.
Built communities through online platforms, social media, partnerships, and targeted outreach. Projects include the Global Forum on Biorisks, Gigabit Mozilla Fund, US Ignite, Pandemic Watch and Reggae Corner.
GLOBALIZING SCIENCE AND SECURITY
Founded and supported organizations, platforms and communities for global coordination and collaboration between scientists, engineers, researchers, students, and security and public health experts.
Virtual Biosecurity Center
Founded and managed the Virtual Biosecurity Center, the world’s number one public health and biosecurity multi-organizational international non-profit center of excellence.
BBBAFunded and supported the Bangladesh Biosafety & Biosecurity Association, a coordinated national biosafety and biosecurity network for disease research in Bangladesh.
Created the Pandemic Watch network and platform for the public to track impending pandemics, epidemics, threats and trends in local geographic areas and globally.
Produced the BioAgents App, a creative visual guide to biological agents used in research, hospitals and biowarfare for students, scientists, makers, and healthcare providers.
I researched the human anti-viral response to DNA viruses using molecular biology, biochemistry and biophysics techniques for scientific discoveries that save lives at Princeton University where I earned my PhD in Molecular Biology.
At the Marine Biological Laboratory and Hunter College (CUNY), I researched cellular structure and differentiation in sharks, clams and sea urchins as models for human development. I also developed a useful new microscopy technique.
As a part of the biology maker movement, experimented with assisted evolution of corals to speed up the creation of resilient coral species to save endangered coral reefs. Also organized a community of citizen scientists to create a reef resiliency data commons.
We urgently need better communication and marketing by scientists, engineers, technologists, and policy makers with each other and the public.
Innovation, Dual Use And Security: Managing the Risks of Emerging Biological and Chemical Technologies.
Over 200 talks on science and technology to students, scientists, technologists, policy makers, governments, and the public.
Regularly interviewed and quoted as an expert in science and security current events. Most memorable: herpes bombs.
After having my son, I wrote and illustrated a kids book for teaching data science, “Big Data for Little People” [in progress].
Interactive Case Studies in Agricultural Bioseurity issues in the United States targeted to the educated public.
Contributed science themed writing and letters to this magazine. Wish it would happen more often.
Consultant for Hollywood director Matt Reeves for accurate use and portrayal of science and technology onscreen.