James Deshler is the Deputy Director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Deshler received his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology and his Ph.D. in RNA Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at City of Hope, and other post-graduate work at Harvard Medical School. In 1997, he became a faculty member in Biology at Boston University, where he remained for 11 years. Among his many accomplishments, he and his laboratory designed a program called REPFIND, which they used to study localization of messenger RNAs. In his role at the NSF, he works with scientific communities and the Office of Science Technology and Policy to develop strategies of scientific investments, in order to maintain the role of the U.S. as a leader in cutting- edge biological sciences.