Tania Simoncelli is Vice President of Science in Society at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). She joined CZI in 2017 with a vision to build a program committed to centering patients in the biomedical research ecosystem. In 2019, she launched the Rare As One Project, a first-of-its-kind program that supports patient communities in their quest to accelerate research through grantmaking, capacity building support, and the development of tools and partnerships. Her commitment to this work is grounded in twenty years of experience in science policy and advocacy, previously serving as Assistant Director of Forensic Science and Biomedical Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Special Assistant to Commissioner Margaret Hamburg at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Science Advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Simoncelli holds a B.A. in Biology and Society from Cornell University and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. In 2013, she was named by the journal Nature as “one of 10 people who mattered” for her work in spearheading the ACLU’s successful Supreme Court case challenging the patenting of human genes. In 2021, she was elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow.