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Andrea Hodgson is a Program Scientist at Schmidt Sciences working with the Biosciences Institute to identify and support innovative research opportunities to advance a vibrant and circular bioeconomy.

Previously, she was a senior program officer on the Board of Life Sciences at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She joined the Academies as a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow in 2016. During her tenure, her portfolio included work on biotechnology regulations, biosecurity, the microbiome, environmental health and risk assessment.  Most notably, she was the study director for the 2020 consensus study report, Safeguarding the Bioeconomy.

Andrea conducted postdoctoral training in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she also obtained her PhD in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology. She has a BS in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island.


Contact: ahodgson[at]


Publications and activities

Hodgson, A., Alper, J., Maxon, M.E. 2022. The U.S. Bioeconomy: Charting a Course for a Resilient and Competitive Future. New York, New York: Schmidt Futures.

Frisvold GB, Moss SM, Hodgson A, Maxon ME. Understanding the U.S. Bioeconomy: A New Definition and Landscape. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):1627.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Safeguarding the Bioeconomy. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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