Anna C. Palmisano
DOE Biological & Environmental Research
1000 Independence Ave SW SC-23/GTN
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290
Anna Palmisano is the Associate Director of the Office of Science for the Office of Biological and Environmental Research in the U.S. Department of Energy, in Washington, D.C. With an annual budget of more than $500 million, the Office of Biological and Environmental Research is the nation's leading program devoted to the study of biology and systems biology with applications to bio-energy production and use and to environmental remediation. The Office is also one of the nation's leading contributors to the study of global climate change. She joined the Office of Science in 2008, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service where she served as the Deputy Administrator for Competitive Programs. From 1998 to 2004, she was a Program Manager in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research, where she developed and managed a wide range of basic research programs including bioremediation, carbon cycling and sequestration, and genomics. Prior to joining DOE, she was a Program Manager and acting Division Director for Biomolecular and Biosystems Sciences and Technology in the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Palmisano has a B.S. degree in microbiology with high honors from the University of Maryland and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biology from the University of Southern California. She was an Allan Hancock Fellow at the University of Southern California and a National Research Council Fellow in planetary biology at NASA-Ames Research Center. She also worked as a staff microbiologist in the Environmental Safety Division of the Procter & Gamble Co. Her research interests have included sea ice microbial communities, stream ecology, microbial mats, bioremediation of organic pollutants, and landfill microbiology. She has led five research expeditions to Antarctica and published numerous papers in the field of microbial ecology.