Joe Alper, MS

Life Science and Nanotechnology Consulting

Joe Alper has been a science writer, technology analyst, and strategic planner for over 30 years. In addition to servings as the writer for the NBDA since its inception, he played a central role in planning and establishing the National Cancer Institute’s Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer and Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers programs, as well as the National Institute of Mental Health’s Decade of the Brain initiative, and has written numerous policy documents for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as many other foundations and federal agencies. He has also served as a contributing correspondent for Science, and as a contributing editor of Nature Biotechnology, Health, and Self magazines, and has written for a variety of publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Psychology Today. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in chemistry, and received M.S. degrees in both biochemistry and agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.