Dr. Jason Delborne
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
Class of 2023-2024
Dr. Jason Delborne is a professor of Science, Policy, and Society at North Carolina State University. Since 2013, he has held joint appointments in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and the Genetic Engineering and Society Center. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist who investigates how stakeholder and public engagement can and should shape the development and governance of emerging technologies. Recent projects have focused on environmental biotechnologies, such as the genetically engineered American chestnut tree, gene drive mice for biodiversity conservation, and genetic biocontrol of aquatic invasive species.
Delborne has served on two National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine expert committees (gene drives in 2016, forest biotechnology in 2019); an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) task force on synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation (2019); and an expert committee to advise the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on biosafety protocols for gene drive research. Delborne holds an A.B. from Stanford University in human biology (1993) and a Ph.D. from University of California-Berkeley in environmental science, policy, and management (2005). He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2021 “for exceptional contributions to the understanding and practice of public engagement for the governance of emerging environmental technologies.”