Member, BioTech Task Force
Program Scientist, Schmidt Futures
Andrea Hodgson is a Program Scientist at Schmidt Futures developing and co-leading the Bioeconomy Program, an effort focused on maximizing the potential of biotechnology toward a circular bioeconomy. She is a co-author of the strategy document released in April 2021, The U.S. Bioeconomy: Charting a Course for a Resilient and Competitive Future.
Previously, she was a senior program officer on the Board of Life Sciences at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She joined the Academies as a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow in 2016. During her tenure, her portfolio included work on biotechnology regulations, biosecurity, the microbiome, environmental health and risk assessment. Most notably, she was the study director for the 2020 consensus study report, Safeguarding the Bioeconomy.
Andrea conducted postdoctoral training in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she also obtained her PhD in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology. She has a BS in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island.