President, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Senior Faculty Associate in Biology, California Institute of Technology
Areas of Interest:
interdisciplinary research, organization of educational institutions, and
in policy issues related to science and technology
Alice S. Huang is the Senior Faculty Associate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology.
She was previously professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and
subsequently dean for Science at New York University. She currently sits on the Boards of the Waksman
Foundation for Microbiology, Public Agenda, N.Y., and the Rockefeller Foundation. She consults for the
Harvard-Portugal Program in Medical Sciences and on science policy for the U.S. and foreign government
Huang is a distinguished virologist. The American Society for Microbiology gave her the Eli Lilly
Award in Immunology and Microbiology (1977) and the Alice C. Evans Award (2001). She is a past-
president of that society. She has served as president of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, the largest pan-science organization in the world. She has honorary doctorates of science
from Wheaton College, Mt. Holyoke College, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Her past board
service includes the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Keystone Center,
Keystone, Co., University of Massachusetts, the Johns Hopkins University, and Shady Hill School,
Cambridge, MA. She is a fellow of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan (1991), American Women in Science
(1998), the Academy of Microbiology, and the AAAS (1999).
Her academic career began as assistant professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard
Medical School in 1971. During that time she also served as coordinator of the Virology Unit at the
Channing Laboratories of Infectious Diseases at Boston City Hospital and director of the training
program funded by the National Cancer Institute on "Virus-Host Interactions in Cancer." She became
full professor in 1979, as well as the director of the Laboratories of Infectious Diseases at
Children's Hospital in Boston.
Born in China, Huang emigrated to the U.S. in 1949. She grew up attending Episcopal girl's schools
on the East Coast and Wellesley College. She received B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees (microbiology,
1966) from Johns Hopkins University.
As an administrator, Huang is particularly interested in interdisciplinary scientific research,
organization of educational and research institutions, and in policy issues related to science and
technology. Since coming to Caltech in Pasadena, CA, Huang continues to consult on medical research
and the establishment of new research institutions in developing countries. She has joined the Pacific
Council on International Policy and supports many community organizations. She is a certified private
Huang served on the CCST Council from 2004-2009.
Senior Fellows Roster
Agnew, Harold M.
Atkinson, Richard C.
Bell, C. Gordon
Bennett, Alan B.
Bishop, J. Michael
Cárdenas. Alfonso F.
Clegg, Michael T.
Cominsky, Lynn R.
Coye, Molly Joel
Drake, Michael V.
Elster, Richard S.
Fowler, T. Kenneth
Gurol, Mirat D.
Huang, Alice S.
Hubbard, G. Scott
King, C. Judson
Lee, William C.Y.
Long, Jane C. S.
Macari, Emir Jose
Martin, David W.
McLean, William J.
McTague, John P.
Miller, William F.
Moses, Edward I.
Niebla, J. Fernando
Nikias, C.L. Max
Nova, Tina S.
Patel, C. Kumar
Qayoumi, Mohammad H.
Richmond, Rollin C.
Ryan, Stephen J.
Tanner, R. Michael
Tarter, C. Bruce
Zornetzer, Steven F.