Our Team

Senior Science Advisors

David Baltimore, France C贸rdova, Marc Kastner, Shirley M. Tilghman, and Robert “Tij” Tjian are active champions and advisors on behalf of the Alliance. As the former leaders of the California Institute of Technology, National Science Foundation, MIT, Princeton, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, respectively, they have over a century of experience in the most effective ways to fund basic science, in addition to being active researchers who understand how great basic research is done.

David Baltimore, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Caltech

France A. C贸rdova, Ph.D.
14th Director, National Science Foundation (Ret.); President Emerita, Purdue University; Chancellor Emerita, UC Riverside

Marc Kastner, Ph.D.
Donner Professor of Physics Emeritus, MIT; Adjunct Professor of Physics, Stanford University

Shirley M. Tilghman, Ph.D.
President Emerita and Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Robert Tjian, Ph.D.
Former President, HHMI; Biochemist, UC Berkeley


Valerie Conn

Sue Merrilees
Senior Advisor

Rachel Jackson
Director of Operations

Jason Maier
Director of Communications

Julie S. Kohrt
Director of Events

Kate Lowry, Ph.D.
Science Director

Elenoa Fuka
Budget and Data Manager

Lana Ha
Program Associate

Mary Donnelly
Science Administrative Assistant