The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Biden’s nominee — mathematician and geneticist Dr. Eric Lander (64) — as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Dr. Lander will also serve as Biden’s science adviser and — a first — will hold a seat in the president’s Cabinet. He has played a leading role in unravelling the human genome and its potential for addressing human disease. Dr. Lander has won many prestigious awards over the years.
Quote: “Lander has long held prominent roles in U.S. research and science policy. He was president and founding director of the Broad Institute, which is jointly run by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology for 8 years under former President Barack Obama…”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), sciencemag.org (quotation)
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