CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow, California Senate Office of Research
In parallel to an academic career in twelve neuroscience research laboratories across three nations, Dr. McCall has engaged in communities around the world as the Co-Founder of TEDxFulbright, Director of the International “Brain Bee” Neuroscience Olympiad, and Director of Education of a Europe-wide youth ethics program. She currently works for the California Senate Office of Research as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow, supported by the California Council on Science & Technology to contribute a scientific approach to the policy-making process in health, technology, and research administration policy.
With grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Dr. McCall most recently researched gene therapy techniques to trigger neuroregeneration in the adult brain following injury. She has also contributed to work in neural stem cells, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, and neurodevelopment as a Research Fellow and Fulbright Scholar to Sweden. For her community leadership, she twice received the U.S. President’s Gold Medal Award for Service. Dr. McCall holds a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Denison University, a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, and a doctorate in Neuroscience from Heidelberg University in Germany.