Dr. Adriana Bankston is a Principal Legislative Analyst in the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations (UC FGR). In this role, Dr. Bankston serves as an advocate for UC with Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. Prior to this position, Dr. Bankston was a Policy & Advocacy Fellow at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), where she provided staff support for special and on-going projects, including SfN’s annual lobby event and the society’s annual meeting.

In addition, Dr. Bankston serves as Policy Taskforce Co-Leader on the Board of Directors at Future of Research (FoR), a non-profit organization whose mission is to champion, engage and empower early career scientists with evidence-based resources to improve the scientific research endeavor. Dr. Bankston is also Chief Outreach Officer at the Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG), a non-profit and interdisciplinary peer review publication serving as a vehicle for students, policy fellows, young professionals and early career scholars to publish on the widest range of science, technology and innovation policy topics.

Dr. Bankston earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University, and her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Clemson University.