Chief Alliance Officer
John Randell joined the Human Cell Atlas initiative in March 2020 and serves as its Chief Alliance Officer. He was previously the John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he served as the staff director for studies on federal research policy, international scientific partnerships, public trust in science, and the societal adoption of scientific and technological advances. In 2001 he was a visiting assistant professor of microbiology at Kathmandu University Medical School. He serves on the governing board of the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, on the advisory board of the Network of African Science Academies, and on the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists, a joint standing committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Science and Technology Law. John received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and microbiology from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in virology from Harvard University. From 2003–2009 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Stephen P. Bell at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied the initiation and cell-cycle control of eukaryotic DNA replication.
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