The Science and Technology Policy Program is focused on the relationships between scientists and the public. Specifically, we are interested in the regulation and funding of scientific research and development, and how science is used in public policy. Programs include the Civic Scientist Initiative, which analyzes the public understanding of science, and the International Stem Cell Policy Initiative. Additional program topics focus on the federal funding of science, environmental policy and science diplomacy.
Deepak Srivastava, M.D., is the Baker Institute Nonresident Scholar for Biomedical Research Policy. He is the Younger Family Director and senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, as well as director of Gladstone’s Roddenberry Stem Cell Center. At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), he is a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics as well as Biochemistry and Biophysics, and is the Wilma and Adeline Pirag Distinguished Professor in Pediatric Developmental Cardiology. Srivastava’s laboratory used genetics to demonstrate that a decrease in dosage of some cardiac developmental regulators can cause cardiac septal defects and valve disease, and is now using induced pluripotent stem cells to discover the mechanisms of disease. His team reprogrammed nonmuscle cells in a mouse heart to function like heart muscle cells, effectively regenerating heart muscle after damage. Additionally, Srivastava co-founded a biotechnology company to help find new cures for human diseases. Before joining Gladstone, Srivastava was a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center in Dallas. He has been named an endowed chair at both UTSW and UCSF, and has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Srivastava completed his undergraduate degree at Rice University, medical training at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and his residency in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF. He also did a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School and a postdoctoral fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.