Today, President Biden announced 30 of America’s most distinguished leaders in science and technology as members of his President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). A direct descendant of the scientific advisory committee established by President Eisenhower in 1957 in the weeks after the launch of Sputnik, PCAST is the sole body of external advisors charged with making science, technology, and innovation policy recommendations to the President and the White House.
Drawing from the nation’s most talented and accomplished individuals, President Biden’s PCAST includes 20 elected members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, five MacArthur “Genius” Fellows, two former Cabinet secretaries, and two Nobel laureates. Its members include experts in astrophysics and agriculture, biochemistry and computer engineering, ecology and entrepreneurship, immunology and nanotechnology, neuroscience and national security, social science and cybersecurity, and more.
Frances Arnold, Ph.D., is a biochemical engineer
Eric Lander, Ph.D., is a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician
Frances Colón, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist
Lisa A. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., is an internal medicine physician
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H., is a physician-scientist
Paula Hammond, Ph.D., is a chemical engineer
Steve Pacala, Ph.D., is an ecologist and environmental biologist
William Press, Ph.D., is a computer scientist, computational biologist, and astrophysicist
Vicki Sato, Ph.D., is a biologist, immunologist, and biotechnology executive
Catherine Woteki, Ph.D., is an agriculture and food scientist and nutritionist