Jon Werner-Allen, Ph.D.
Dr. Jon Werner-Allen is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow placed in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP leads interagency science and technology policy coordination efforts, assists the Office of Management and Budget with an annual review and analysis of Federal research and development in budgets, and serves as a source of scientific and technological advice for the Executive Office of the President with respect to major policies, plans, and programs of the Federal Government.
At OSTP, Dr. Werner-Allen’s portfolio covers STEM education, open science, and reproducibility in research. Dr. Werner-Allen helped draft the Administration’s five-year strategic plan for STEM education, released in December 2018, and is currently managing the interagency development of an implementation plan to realize the goals and objectives of the strategic plan.
Dr. Werner-Allen’s scientific training is in biochemistry. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biophysical Chemistry from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University, where he used X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to determine the structures of proteins at atomic resolution. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, studying the oxidative decay of neurotransmitters implicated in Parkinson’s disease. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, and his research has helped elucidate the biochemical origins of basic human physiology.