Heather Dean, PhD
Heather Dean is a biomedical engineer and lead reviewer of pre-market submissions in the Office of Device Evaluation, Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She previously consulted for the Kavli Foundation on a project linking public and private partners in the BRAIN Initiative. Dean also served as an AAAS Science Policy Fellow and then as associate program director in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at NSF. As a policy fellow, she founded a NeuroPolicy group and speaker series in Washington, DC that is building a neuroscience policy community. Her interests lie in issues related to cutting-edge interdisciplinary neuroscience, neuroethics, data sharing, science communication, science education, and broadening participation. Dean earned her BS in electrical engineering and her MS in computation and neural systems from Caltech and her PhD in neurobiology from Duke University. She completed her postdoctoral training at New York University. She has served on several boards, including those of the Caltech Alumni Association, Duke Alumni Association Board, Duke Board of Trustees, and local chapters of both SfN and the Association for Women in Science.