Nicholas (Nick) Anthis serves as a Program Officer in the Research Grants Program Office at the University of California Office of the President. Building upon a career in biophysical and biomedical research, today he works in science administration, helping manage scientific research grant programs across the UC system. Previously, he served as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Working in the area of science diplomacy, he was part of a team that coordinated the Middle East Regional Cooperation (MERC) program, which awards cooperative Arab/Israeli applied scientific grants in areas such as agriculture, water, health, and the environment.
In May 2005, Dr. Anthis graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in biochemistry. There, he researched blood vessel development, a phenomenon essential for normal development but also a contributor to disease, especially in cancer. He also served as president of a political organization and as a science writer for the student newspaper. He then completed his graduate studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, earning his D.Phil. (Oxford's equivalent of a Ph.D.) in biochemistry in October 2009. While there, he founded a blog on science and politics, The Scientific Activist, which was named one of the top five science blogs by Nature magazine in 2006.
Dr. Anthis completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he continued his work on protein NMR, focusing on characterizing "dark" states--such as intermediates in protein-protein interactions and aggregation--that are often inaccessible to conventional methods in structural biology. Beyond providing insight into the molecular basis of life, his work has implications for understanding and treating various diseases, including cancer and Huntington's disease.
Dr. Anthis has published several papers on his scientific work and one on science blogging. His primary hobby outside of science is tennis, leading two teams to the USTA National Championships in 2013.
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