DOE Human Subjects Protection Program

Profiles of the DOE Human Subjects Program Management

Dr. Sharlene Weatherwax, DOE Office of Science Associate Director for Biological and Environmental Research and DOE Institutional Official

Dr. Sharlene WeatherwaxDr. Sharlene Weatherwax is the DOE Office of Science’s Associate Director for Biological and Environmental Research. With an annual budget of more than $600 million, the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) is the nation’s leading supporter of fundamental research and facilities for energy, climate, and the environment.

Dr. Weatherwax received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California Berkeley and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Biology at the University of California in Los Angeles. She came to DOE in 1999 to manage the Energy Biosciences Program in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. In 2005, she joined BER as a program manager and contributed to the development of the Genomic Science strategic plan and the establishment of three Office of Science Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs) to provide critical science and technology solutions for our energy needs. Dr. Weatherwax managed the three BRCs, multidisciplinary partnerships between national laboratories, academic and industrial research institutions. She has participated in a number of interagency activities and is a co-chair of the NSTC Subcommittee on Life Sciences. She also established the joint USDA-DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy program for genomics-based research leading to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels or renewable chemical feedstocks.

Dr. Weatherwax served as Division Director of BER’s Biological Systems Science Division for two years and Acting Associate Director of Science for BER for 5 months prior to being selected as Associate Director in April 2011.

Dr. Weatherwax has been a supporter of the DOE Human Subjects Protection Program since she came to BER, and has served as DOE’s Institutional Official for human subjects research since October 2010.

Libby WhiteElizabeth (Libby) White is the DOE Human Subjects Protection Program Manager. She moved to the Office of Science in 2007 from the Department’s Office of Health, Safety and Security (HS), where she was Director of the Office of Former Worker Screening Programs. During her 12 years in HS and its predecessor organization, she managed both domestic medical screening services and international radiation health effects research involving human subjects. White has a Master's in Business Administration from Northwestern University and a Master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

John OrdazJohn Ordaz has managed NNSA's Human Subjects Protection Program since 2008. In his role as a DOE Senior Technical Safety Manager with the Office of the Associate Administrator for Safety and Health, he also oversees the Technical Standards and the Environmental programs for NNSA. Prior to moving to NNSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., John was the Assistant Manager for Environmental Stewardship at the NNSA Los Alamos Site Office. John started his federal career with the Smithsonian Institution in 1988, and before that he worked in the private sector (Foster Wheeler, Chevron, CE-Lummus, and Singer-Link). John is a licensed Professional Engineer (chemical and environmental). His Alma Mater is the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where John earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with graduate work in Mathematics and Thermodynamics.

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Content reviewed: November 12, 2013