My name is Andrew Stothert, and I am the new science policy fellow at the ASBMB. With this fellowship, I hope to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to launch a lifelong career of advocating for increased federal funding for biomedical research and promoting beneficial science policy reform for the research community.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in medical Sciences and Ph.D. in molecular medicine (with a concentration in neuroscience) from the University of South Florida.
Biomedical research has one main goal: to treat and prevent diseases that plague the world’s population. However, in today’s climate, this is becoming increasingly difficult by and large due to stagnant federal funding for research and development.
As scientists, we devote our lives to the greater good, using our skill sets to promote and prolong the health and well-being of society. During my studies, I quickly found that contributions to this effort are not solely achieved while holding a pipette. It takes collaboration between researchers, advocates, politicians and the community to continue successfully driving advances in biomedical research forward.
Therefore, it is my goal to use my knowledge in both biomedical research and science policy to promote continued advancements through sustained expansion of federal research funding and policy reform.
I am excited to have the opportunity to promote collaboration between ASBMB members and the science community as a whole. During this time, I will be frequently contributing to the ASBMB Policy Blotter, updating members on current topics being discussed on the Hill, biomedical research initiatives, ASBMB advocacy efforts, and scientific policy briefings.
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