Lyric A. Jorgenson, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director for the Office of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health. In this position, she provides senior leadership in the development and oversight of policies and programs associated with emerging, high-impact issues of importance to the biomedical research enterprise and the United States Government. Most recently, she was also the Deputy Executive Director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force in the Office of the Vice President in the Obama administration, where she directed and coordinated cancer-related activities across the Federal government and worked to leverage investments across sectors to dramatically accelerate progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Prior to joining the Office of Science Policy, Dr. Jorgenson was a Health Science Policy Advisor and Analyst under the Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy at the National Institutes of Health, where she served a central role in creating new signature initiatives such as the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). She was also an AAAS Science and Technology Fellow and has received numerous awards in recognition of her accomplishments and service.
Dr. Jorgenson earned a doctorate degree from the Graduate Program for Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she conducted research in neurodevelopment with a focus on learning and memory systems. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Denison University.