Webinar: US Regulation of Biotechnology

December 9, 2015

This webinar explored the  landscape of US regulations on biotechnology and how they apply to gene drive research and development. The webinar was an information-gathering meeting for the committee in which the speakers were invited to provide input to the committee.

Gene Drives and the U.S. Biotechnology Regulatory System – Sarah R. Cater, J. Craig Venter Institute (Click title for PDF of the slide presentation. No video recording available.)


Sarah R. Carter,  J. Craig Venter Institute

As a Policy Analyst at JCVI,  Dr. Sarah R. Carter focuses on the policy and societal implications of the institute’s scientific advancements. Previously, Dr. Carter was a Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she worked on a wide range of issues relating to climate change and sustainability.  Dr. Carter has a broad science policy background and has held multiple science and technology policy fellowships, including an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship at the Environmental Protection Agency and a Mirzayan Fellowship at the National Academies. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Duke University in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of California-San Francisco in 2007, where she focused on molecular mechanisms of gene transcription and protein trafficking.

Larisa Rudenko, US Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Larisa Rudenko is the Senior Advisor for Biotechnology and Director of Animal Biotechnology Interdisciplinary Group at the US Food and Drug Administration. She  develops and implements science-based policy for the regulation of the products of animal biotechnology. Dr. Rudenko also directs and coordinates an interdisciplinary group of scientific, regulatory, and legal professionals to continue to refine and implement regulations, and serves as the technical expert in development of domestic and international policy regarding new technologies.  She received to AB degree in Biology at Bowdoin College in 1976 and her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989.

Alan Pearson , US Department of Agriculture

Dr. Alan Pearson is the Branch Chief of Plant Pest and Protectants within the Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture. Dr. Pearson has been with BRS for 6 years, serving as a biotechnologist for the last 3 years conducting plant pest risk assessments and environmental assessments on regulated genetically engineered plants. Prior to working as a biotechnologist, Dr. Pearson worked in BRS’ Office of Science. Dr. Pearson has a Ph.D. in Biology with a focus on cell biology in animal systems.

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