Tania Simoncelli joined the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as Director of Science Policy in 2017, where her work focuses on enhancing public trust in and support for science and building a first-of-its kind initiative to promote patient-driven disease research at scale. Prior to this, Simoncelli worked for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as Senior Advisor to Eric Lander and Executive Director of Count Me In, an initiative that aims to accelerate biomedical research by facilitating patient-researcher partnerships. From 2010-2015, Simoncelli served in senior staff roles in the Obama Administration, including as Assistant Director for Forensic Science and Biomedical Innovation within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. From 2003-2010, Simoncelli worked for the ACLU as the organization’s first-ever Science Advisor. She holds a BA in Biology & Society from Cornell University and an MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley.
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