Jennifer M. Panlilio is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health where she studies the neural circuits that control changes in alertness and waking arousal. She obtained her PhD from the joint program between Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, studying the effects of developmental exposure to a harmful algal bloom neurotoxin. She is also a social scientist by training and obtained a masters in Anthropology focusing on the social factors that were important for the successful management of marine reserves. Her interests lie in integrating the sciences with the social sciences and believes that building sustainable and robust environments is integral to human health.
The federal government can accelerate capabilities and applications of environmental biotechnology by establishing the CLimate Improvements through Modern Biotechnology (CLIMB) Center.