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Chris Yarosh, Ph.D.

ACS Science Policy Fellow, 2016-2018


Chris Yarosh joined ACS from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics studying the RNA-binding protein PSF and its role in regulating gene expression. There, he earned an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award and was appointed to the NIH Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant. Chris also holds a B.S. in Biochemistry, awarded summa cum laude from the University of Scranton.

Chris enjoys science outreach and is interested in the role scientific organizations play in public policy.  He has previously worked with diverse audiences as an instructor for the Upward Bound Math Science program, as a volunteer for the Franklin Institute Museum of Science in Philadelphia, and as a guest presenter on local Washington, DC television.

Fellowship Focus

During his time as Science Policy Fellow at ACS, Chris:

  • Collaborated with ACS members to develop Society positions on innovation & entrepreneurship, science and technology funding, and chemical weapons.
  • Co-organized webinars and briefings on open science, nanotechnology, and the NSF Big Ideas.
  • Supported ACS's engagement with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
  • Analyzed trends in federal funding for chemistry and how they relate to ongoing changes in the chemistry community.
  • Drafted letters and public comments concerning the federal government's use of science in policymaking.


"Before arriving in Washington, I did not appreciate all the formal and informal ways scientists shape policy. The fellowship has given me invaluable perspective on the roles scientists and scientific organizations play in public life."


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