Dr. Norbert Tavares is a 2017-18 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives (CSSI) at NIH/NCI. In his role, he supports the goals of the CSSI to identify and promote emerging and innovative solutions to cancer research problems. He is involved in ongoing trans-NCI programs, including the Provocative Questions Initiative and initiatives related to the Beau Biden Cancer MoonshotSM, such as the Human Tumor Atlas Network.
Dr. Tavares is a microbiologist with a background in bacterial genetics and enzymology with an emphasis on anaerobic microbiology/biochemistry. His doctoral research area involved the investigation the bacterial and archaeal biosynthetic pathways of coenzyme B12, and the regulation of metabolism by Sirtuin-dependent posttranslational modification via acylation/deacylation in Salmonella enterica. He started his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, then moved with his lab to the University of Georgia where he received his doctorate in microbiology. Prior to his graduate work, Dr. Tavares had a brief stint as a research associate at CuraGen Corporation where he was involved in the process validation of large-scale bacterial protein drug production. He also has four years of procurement experience for ESPN/Disney Corporation. Dr. Tavares has strong interests in problem solving and advancing science by supporting basic research, and the advancement women and underrepresented individuals in science and other areas.