AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, NSF
Shadi Mamaghani, Ph.D., is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at National Science Foundation. She is a cell and molecular biologist with a passion for convergence of different disciplines of science with engineering and medicine. Shadi believes that the next big discovery or cure will happen by cross-disciplinary training of scientists and building bridges amongst various scientific communities that are otherwise siloed. With this vision in mind, as a AAAS Fellow, Shadi has joined the Division of Materials Research at NSF, to facilitate new collaborations between the material research scientists with synthetic biologists. Within this capacity, Shadi is contributing to The Interagency working Group on Bioconvergence and is involved with EBRC’s road mapping on the intersection of Materials Research and Engineering Biology.
Prior to joining the Fellowship program, Shadi worked as Scientific Program Manager and Subject Matter Expert at ERPi Consulting and Management firm and as a Program Director at National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at National Institutes of Health (NIH). At NIH, Shadi established the “ImmunoEngineering” Program- a trans-disciplinary program, where development of novel cures for diseases of immune system (such as cancer, HIV, inflammation, etc), involves engineering, math and computational biology. This program led to the development of multiple funding opportunities across different Institutes at NIH, including a new U54 Center Grants within NCI Cancer Moonshot Initiative. During her time at NIH, Shadi served on different scientific committees and coordinated the Inter-agency working Group on Medical Imaging in collaboration with the Office of Science and technology of the White House (OSTP) and 12 other agencies.
Shadi received her doctorate degree from University of Toronto, Canada with a focus on developing a new treatment for pancreatic cancer.