Alice S. Huang


Senior Faculty Associate in Biology

California Institute of Technology


ALICE S. HUANG joined the Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2004.

Dr. Huang is Senior Faculty Associate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology and president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She was previously Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Subsequently she served as Dean for Science at New York University. She currently sits on the boards of the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, Public Agenda, AAAS, C100, and 80-20, Inc.. She consults on science policy for government agencies in Singapore, Taiwan, and China, as well as for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, and the State of California.

Dr. Huang, a distinguished virologist, received the American Society for Microbiology’s Eli Lilly Award in Immunology and Microbiology in 1977 and, in 2001, its Alice C. Evans Award for promoting women in the sciences. She has honorary doctorates of science from Wheaton College, Mt. Holyoke College, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Her past board service includes the Health Effects Institute (Boston), the Keystone Center, the University of Massachusetts, Johns Hopkins University, and Shady Hill School.  She is a fellow of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, American Women in Science, the Academy of Microbiology, and the AAAS.

Born in China, Dr. Huang emigrated to the United States in 1949. She attended Wellesley College and received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a PhD in microbiology from Johns Hopkins University. As an administrator, Dr. Huang is particularly interested in interdisciplinary research, organization of educational institutions, and policy issues related to science and technology.


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