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Robert M. Friedman, Ph.D.
Vice President for Policy and University Relations

Research Interests and Accomplishments

Robert Friedman is Chief Operating Officer at the Venter Institute. Friedman directs JCVI's Policy Center and is also active in several projects ongoing in the Institute's Environmental Genomics Group. Prior to joining the Venter Institute, Friedman was Vice President for Research at The Heinz Center, a nonprofit policy research organization that brings together collaborators from government, industry, environmental organizations, and academia. Earlier, Friedman was a Senior Associate at the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress (OTA). For 16 years, he advised Congressional committees on issues involving environmental and natural resources policy.

Dr. Friedman received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Ecological Systems Analysis, concentrating in ecology, environmental engineering, and systems analysis. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Select Publications


Synthetic Genomics | Options for Governance, with M.S. Garfinkel, D. Endy, and G.L. Epstein. The J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville MD, 2008, 57 pp.

The State of The Nation's Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States, with R. O'Malley and staff of The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, Cambridge University Press, 2002. 288 pp.

Technology Policies For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emission, with J. Alic. The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, Washington DC, 1999. 21 pp.

Environmental Policy Tools: A User's Guide. Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress, Washington DC, 1995. 217 pp.

Changing By Degrees: Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gases. Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress, Washington DC, 1991. 354 pp.

Environmental Applications of Genetically Altered Organisms. Special Report, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress, Washington DC, 1986. 53 pp.


Garfinkel, M. S., Endy, D., et al.
Synthetic Genomics | Options for Governance

Biosecur Bioterror. 2007 Dec 01; 5(4): 359-62.[more]

Rusch, D. B., Halpern, A. L., et al.
The Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling Expedition: Northwest Atlantic Through Eastern Tropical Pacific

PLoS Biol. 2007 Mar 13; 5(3): e77.[more]

Goldberg, S. M., Johnson, J., et al.
A Sanger/pyrosequencing Hybrid Approach for the Generation of High-quality Draft Assemblies of Marine Microbial Genomes

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Jul 13; 103(30): 11240-5.[more]

Smith, H.O., Friedman, R.M., et al.
Biological Solutions to Renewable Energy

The Bridge. 2003 Jul 01; 33: 36-40.[more]