Biden appoints two scientists to replace Eric Lander, senior bullying adviser
President Joe Biden has tapped two familiar faces to temporarily fill the lab shoes of the former top White House scientist who was forced to resign last week for abusing staffers.
Biden announced on Wednesday that Dr. Alondra Nelson had been named acting director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy – a post vacated by Dr. Eric Lander, who was fired after a review. internal found credible evidence that he bullied and belittled his employees.
Nelson had been an assistant at the OSTP, studying social inequalities in science.
Dr. Francis Collins will fulfill Landers’ other roles as science adviser to the president and co-chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology, the White House announced Wednesday.
Collins led the National Institutes of Health for 12 years before retiring on good terms last year. A permanent head of the NIH had yet to be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.
Nelson and Collins will serve until a permanent OSTP chief and senior science adviser can be named and confirmed, Biden said in a press release.
The Democrat said the duo will “drive science and technology solutions to our greatest challenges,” including finding cures and treatments for cancer, infectious disease and Alzheimer’s disease.