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Tania Simoncelli

Tania Simoncelli

Broad Institute

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Tania Simoncelli is Senior Advisor to the Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Prior to coming to the Broad, she served for two years as Assistant Director for Forensic Science and Biomedical Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she led several multi-agency initiatives to strengthen the forensic sciences and played a lead role in developing and launching the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative. From 2010–2013, Simoncelli served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she provided guidance on a range of issues, including nutrition labeling, food safety, scientific integrity, genetic testing, and personalized medicine. From 2003–2010, Simoncelli worked as the first Science Advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she guided the organization’s responses to cutting-edge developments in science and technology and spearheaded the ACLU’s successful Supreme Court challenge to the patenting human genes. In 2013, Simoncelli was named by the journal Nature as one of “ten people who mattered this year” for her work in overturning gene patents. Simoncelli holds a B.A. in Biology & Society from Cornell University and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

Selected Publications