Doug Koshland, PhD (President)
Dr. Douglas Koshland is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Chair in the Biological Sciences and Professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Development at UC Berkeley. In addition to serving on the Board, Koshland is also the President of iBiology. He was a scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science from 1987 and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Koshland was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator from 1997-2012, and was inducted into the National Academy of Science in 2010. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Koshland has served on numerous Editorial Boards of scientific journals, and is currently the Vice President of the Life Sciences Research Foundation.
Ron Vale, PhD (Chairman of the Board)
Dr. Ron Vale founded iBiology in 2006. Vale is the Executive Director of Janelia Research Campus and a Vice President at HHMI. Previously, Vale spent over 30 years as a Professor at UCSF, and over 20 as an Investigator with HHMI. Vale is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a recipient of the Lasker Award in Basic Biomedical Research (2012) and the Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine (2017). Vale is also active in training and education in India and China. In 2018, Vale started the XBio initiative at iBiology, with the goal of creating free and open-access resources for introductory biology education.
Bruce Alberts, PhD
Dr. Bruce M. Alberts is a United States National Medal of Science awardee (2014). He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Science (2008-2013) and as one of President Obama’s first three United States Science Envoys (2009-2011). Alberts holds the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California San Francisco, to which he returned after serving two six-year terms as the President of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Alberts is noted as one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a pre-eminent textbook in the field now in its sixth edition. Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 16 honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory boards of more than 20 nonprofit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Strategic Education Research Partnership.
Bonnie Bassler, PhD
Dr. Bonnie Bassler is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Squibb Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Dr. Bassler has received numerous awards and honors for her research including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2002), the Theobald Smith Society Waksman Award (2003), American Society for Microbiology’s Eli Lilly Investigator Award (2006), the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Science (2009), National Academies’ Richard Lounsbery Award (2011), UNESCO-L’Oreal Woman in Science award (2012), and the Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine (2015). Dr. Bassler is a member of the Royal Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Science Board. Dr. Bassler is a passionate advocate for diversity in the sciences and she is actively involved in and committed to educating lay people in science.
Elizabeth is President and CEO of the Rita Allen Foundation, a venture philanthropy that supports early-career biomedical scholars doing pioneering basic research; fosters public engagement with evidence at the intersection of science and civic life; and builds the effectiveness of the philanthropic sector. The Foundation is especially focused on efforts to foster a culture of civic science, in which broad public engagement with science and evidence helps to inform solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2009, Elizabeth led New Jersey’s public broadcasting network. She was twice elected by her peers to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Board, where she served on the Executive, Program, Investment and Business Development Committees and as a member of the PBS Task Force on editorial integrity.
Elizabeth served as a judge for the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change project and has juried international media competitions, including as Chair of the Japan Prize.
Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA
Dr. Claire Pomeroy is president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, and advances the Foundation’s mission in recognizing research excellence, advancing public education, and advocacy. Before joining the Lasker Foundation in June 2013, Dr. Pomeroy was Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis. An expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Pomeroy has held faculty positions at University of Minnesota, University of Kentucky and UC Davis, and has published more than 100 articles and chapters and edited three books. Dr. Pomeroy was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2011, and currently serves on the Board of Directors on several biomedical and health related foundations and companies.
Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos
Daniel Colón-Ramos serves as the Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the Yale School of Medicine. Daniel’s lab uses C. elegans to study how the brain forms precise neural connections during development. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Daniel has also worked to expand access to scientific knowledge, experiences and careers among communities or populations traditionally underrepresented in, or underserved by, the scientific enterprise. In 2006 he founded Ciencia Puerto Rico, a non-profit organization that promotes scientific research and education in the Puerto Rican archipelago and among Hispanics in the US and in Latin America. Ciencia Puerto Rico, with a membership of over 7,000, is one of the largest online mentoring networks for scientists, and has spearheaded a number of initiatives to address recruitment and persistence issues of under-represented minorities. In 2011 Daniel’s outreach and research work were recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science with their Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.