Renee Wegrzyn

American applied biologist
Renee Wegrzyn
Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health 22
Assumed office
Appointed byJoe Biden
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Born1976/1977 (age 45–46)
EducationGeorgia Institute of Technology (BS, MS, PhD)

Renee Wegrzyn (born 1976/1977)[1] is an American applied biologist who was selected to serve as director of the newly-created Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health.


Wegrzyn earned a Bachelor of Science and PhD in applied biology from Georgia Tech.[2][3]


From 2003 to 2006, Wegrzyn worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. From 2006 to 2008, she worked as the assay development group leader for Adlyfe, a biotechnology company based in Quebec. In 2009, she was a senior scientist at Meso Scale Discovery and in 2012, she was a fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. From 2009 to 2016, she worked as a senior lead technologist at Booz Allen Hamilton. From 2016 to 2020, she served as a program manager in the Biological Technologies Office of DARPA, where she specialized in synthetic biology and biosecurity. Since 2018, she has been a senior advisor to the Nuclear Threat Initiative.[4] In 2020, she joined Ginkgo Bioworks as vice president of business development.[5]


  1. ^ Kaiser, Jocelyn (September 12, 2022). "Biden's New Biomedical Innovation Agency Gets Its First Director". Science. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  2. ^ "President Biden Announces Intent to Appoint Dr. Renee Wegrzyn as Inaugural Director of Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)". The White House. 2022-09-12. Retrieved 2022-09-12.
  3. ^ "DARPA Forward | Dr. Renee Wegrzyn". Retrieved 2022-09-12.
  4. ^ "Biden appoints former government scientist as first leader of ARPA-H". STAT. 2022-09-12. Retrieved 2022-09-12.
  5. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (2022-09-12). "Biden Picks Biotech Executive to Lead New Biomedical Research Agency". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-09-12.