Advisory Board

Elaine A. Johnson

Dr. Elaine Johnson is the Executive Director of Bio-Link, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Center for Biotechnology and Related Life Sciences based City College of San Francisco.  Elaine is a leading advocate for educating biotechnology technicians using the resources of community and technical colleges.  She serves on local, regional, and national educational, governmental and industry advisory panels and boards.   She holds degrees in chemistry & physics, microbiology, nutrition, and educational administration.  She has been a Faculty Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and has participated in the development of the National Skill Standards for Bioscience and their integration with the Agricultural Biotechnology Standards.  Elaine specializes in creating partnerships between educational institutions and industry.  She promotes articulation between educational institutions in the effort to create career pathways.  She is an active member of the UCSF Community Advisory Group (CAG) and Public Science Project.  She serves on the Board for the BayBio Institute and Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium (BABEC) as well as being a member of the Minnesota Biosciences Education-Industry Partnership Council.  Elaine co-chaired the Outreach and Education Committee for BIO 2004 and helped organize and present at the Community College Workforce Day for BIO 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.  She has been by invited by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to a working conference on Transforming Undergraduate Education in Biology: Mobilizing the Community for Change.  Elaine is nationally recognized as an innovator and leader in providing education for careers in biotechnology and related life sciences.