Dr. Adriana Bankston is a scientist, advocate and mentor at the intersection of research, higher education, science policy, and workforce development.

She is currently a Principal Legislative Analyst in the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations (UC FGR), where she serves as an advocate for UC with Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. Prior to this position, Adriana 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, Adriana serves as Co-Director of the Policy Taskforce 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.

She 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.

More recently, Adriana became a Biomedical Workforce & Policy Research Investigator at the STEM Advocacy Institute (SAi), a hybrid think-tank/incubator community of scientists, artists, engineers, teachers, & entrepreneurs that is building science education, engagement, and communication tools/programs that expand pathways of access between science and society.

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