Biden names 2 people to replace Eric Lander in top science roles
Eric Lander, listens as then-President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Jan. 16, in Wilmington, Del. | Matt Slocum/AP Photo
President Joe Biden has tapped two people to temporarily fill Eric Lander’s dual roles as the president’s top science adviser and the head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the White House announced on Wednesday.
Biden named Alondra Nelson, the deputy director for science and society in the OSTP, as director of the office. The president also announced that Francis Collins, who retired in December from his role as director of the National Institutes of Health, would serve as his top science adviser and co-chair of the president’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Nelson and Collins will perform these roles until “permanent leadership is nominated and confirmed,” the White House said.
“These appointments will allow OSTP and the President’s Science and Technology agenda to move seamlessly forward under proven leadership,” the statement said.