Jason Rao

Rao JasonDr. Jason Rao - Director of International Affairs

Jason Rao is the Director of International Affairs at the American Society for Microbiology, overseeing all staff, policies and programs. He is the founding editor-in-chief of Cultures magazine, an ASM publication with world-wide distribution.  Dr. Rao previously served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Global Science Engagement in the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as the U.S. Department of State, where he was responsible for a range of foreign assistance programs aimed at enhancing global health and national security for nearly a decade.  Dr. Rao was a Brookings Legislative Fellow in the 111th Congress, working with both the Senate Foreign Relations and Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees, as well as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellow, and Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a bachelors in chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  He holds adjunct faculty positions with Cornell, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities.

When not working to save the world, Jason is home-brewing with his son, Porter, and daughter, Scarlet.