Dr. Anna Palmisano

Dr. Anna Palmisano recently retired from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where she served as Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research.

Dr. Anna Palmisano PhotoAt DOE, Dr. Palmisano was responsible for an annual budget of $600 million supporting basic research in bioenergy, systems biology and genomics, and climate and environment science.  She also has served as the Deputy Administrator for Competitive Programs in U.S. Department of Agriculture (2004-2008) where she led the National Research Initiative.

From 1997-2004, she was a Program Manager in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research, where she developed and managed research programs in marine microbiology, bioremediation, carbon cycling, and genomics. Dr. Palmisano has also served as a Program Manager for marine microbiology and acting Division Director for Biomolecular and Biosystems Sciences and Technology in the Office of Naval Research. She co-chaired the US-European Commission Working Group for Environmental Biotechnology from 1995 to 2010, and led the Interagency Microbe Project from 2004-2006.

Dr. Palmisano received a B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Maryland (1974) and M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees in Biology from the University of Southern California. She was an Allan Hancock Fellow at the University of Southern California and a National Research Council Fellow in planetary biology at NASA-Ames Research Center. Dr. Palmisano led five research expeditions to Antarctica to study sea ice microalgae, and she has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers in marine microbiology and environmental science. She currently works as a science and technology consultant in environmental biotechnology and bioenergy, agriculture and environment, and competitive grantsmanship.