Mandë Holford

Associate Professor of Chemical Biology, Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY)

PhD, Rockefeller University. Scientist, Hunter College, City University of New York Graduate Centre; scientific appointments, American Museum of Natural History, Weill Cornell Medicine. Her joint appointments reflect her interdisciplinary research, which goes from mollusks to medicine, combining chemistry and biology to discover, characterize, and deliver novel peptides from venomous marine snails as tools for manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. Her laboratory investigates the power of venom to transform organisms and to transform lives when it is adapted to create novel therapeutics for treating human diseases and disorders. Co-Founder of Killer Snails, LLC, an award-winning EdTech learning games company with the mission to make science accessible by bringing it out of the laboratory and into classrooms, living rooms, and boardrooms. Actively involved in science education, advancing the public understanding of science and science policy. Awards: WEF New Champion Scientist, NSF CAREER Award, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, NAS Arab-American Frontiers Fellow, AAAS S&T Policy Fellow. Member: Council on Foreign Relations, American Association for the Advancement of Science.