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Tania Simoncelli  

Executive Director, Count Me In, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Tania Simoncelli is Executive Director of the Count Me In initiative at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Previously, Simoncelli served for two years as Assistant Director for Forensic Science and Biomedical Innovation within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and for three years as Special Assistant to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. From 2003-2010, Simoncelli served as Science Advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union. In 2013, Simoncelli was named by the journal Nature as one of "ten people who mattered this year" for spearheading the ACLU's successful efforts to invalidate patents on the BRCA genes.

Tania Simoncelli is Assistant Director for Forensic Science and Biomedical Innovation within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. From 2010-2013, she worked in the Food and Drug Administration Office of the Commissioner. From 2003-2010, Simoncelli worked as the Science Advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union, where she advised the organization on emerging developments in science and technology that pose challenges for civil liberties.

In December 2013, Simoncelli was named by the journal Nature as one of “ten people who mattered this year” for her work in spearheading the development of ACLU’s successful legal challenge to the patenting of human genes. Simoncelli has spoken, written, and advised on a number of contemporary science policy issues, including personalized medicine, gene patenting, forensic DNA data banks, pesticide testing in humans, and academic freedom. She is co-author with Sheldon Krimsky of Genetic Justice: DNA Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties

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