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Franklin Carrero-Martinez

National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Franklin Carrero-Martínez holds a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Neurobiology and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His multidisciplinary career includes roles as researcher and educator, science administrator, and science diplomat in government, academia and NGOs. In academia, Franklin established a strong research program aimed at understanding the brain’s self-organization principles and how to use that knowledge to manipulate brain connectivity. His successful career at the University of Puerto Rico included tenure, promotion to Associate Professor, visiting scholarship to Duke, sabbatical at MIT’s Brain Institute, community service and outreach, invention disclosures, curricular reform and awards recognizing his innovative approaches to science education for underserved populations. In 2012, he transitioned to government service as the American Association for the Advancement of Science Roger Revelle Fellow in Global Stewardship. He served this prestigious distinction with a joint appointment between the Department of State’s Office of the Science and Technology Adviser (STAS) and NASEM. He later joined STAS and was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City as acting Science Counselor before moving to the National Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering in 2014. Franklin returned to STAS in 2016, and during this time he directed the office and served as the Department’s senior advisor on science, technology and innovation. In 2018, he joined NASEM where he directs the Global Policy and Development and the Science and Technology for Sustainability Programs at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).