Michael Stebbins (born March 23, 1971) is an American geneticist and serves as Assistant Director for Biotechnology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, in the White House. He received his B.S. in biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his Ph.D. in genetics while working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he constructed genetic systems to artificially control gene expression in the brain.
Stebbins is the President of the SEA Action Fund, a partner organization to Scientists and Engineers for America. Since August 2005, he has been the Director of Biology Policy for the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), and runs FAS's Biosecurity Project. His work at FAS focuses on control of biological weapons, preparedness for biological, nuclear, and chemical weapons attacks, and the responsible use of science and technology.
Previously, Stebbins worked as a legislative fellow for U. S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and as a policy fellow for the National Human Genome Research Institute. He has also worked as a senior editor for the journal Nature Genetics, and as a science journalist for Reuters. He has written for Seed Magazine, and is a science advisor to ScienCentral, a company that produces science-related news stories for ABC and NBC television affiliates.
Stebbins is the author of the book Sex, Drugs and DNA: Science's Taboos Confronted, and serves on the Board of Advisors of Scientists and Engineers for America (SEA), an organization focused on promoting sound science in government. He is also a frequent contributor to This Week in Science, where he discusses issues relating to science and policy in his segment titled, The Weird from Washington.
On November 18, 2008, Stebbins was named a member of the Obama transition in the "Executive Office of the President Team," with responsibility for the Office of Science Technology and Policy."
- Scientists and Engineers for America Action Fund
- Bio at sexdrugsanddna.com
- official website for Sex Drugs and DNA (includes frequently updated blog supplement to book)
- Bio at Federation of American Scientists
- Scientists and Engineers for America - Board of Advisors
- "Wanted on the Hill: A Few Good Scientists", US News & World Report, December 6, 2007
- "OSTP Leadership & Staff"