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.
Doug Koshland, PhD
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. 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.
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.
With a famed and storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Mr. Dan Rather has been one of the world’s best-known journalists for much of the last half century. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered almost every important dateline of the last 60 years. Rather joined CBS News in 1962. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1981 he assumed the position of anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News—a post he held for 24 years. His reporting across the network helped to turn 60 Minutes into an institution, launched 48 Hours as an innovative news magazine program, and shaped countless specials and documentaries. Upon leaving CBS, Rather returned to the in-depth reporting he always loved, creating the Emmy Award winning, Dan Rather Reports on HDNet. Now, building upon that foundation, he is president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company he founded that specializes in high-quality non- fiction content across a range of traditional and digital distribution channels. He has a special interest in telling the stories of science.
Ron Vale, PhD
Dr. Ron Vale founded iBiology in 2006 and is Chairman of the Board and President of iBiology. Vale is a Professor at UCSF and is an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 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. Vale oversees the direction of iBiology, guides senior staff on projects, and spearheads new initiatives.