Skip to main content
Explore URMC

Scott J. Steele, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-0708


Professional Background

Scott Steele, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Regulatory Science Programs, in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is actively involved in developing and leading regulatory science educational programs, serving as Program Director for a Certificate in Regulatory Science and Core Director of the Regulatory Science to Advance Precision Medicine initiative. He is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, where his academic interests are focused on a range of science and technology policy issues including translational research and regulatory science, public health preparedness, and national security. Dr. Steele also serves as the Director of Government and Academic Research Alliances, where he facilitates strategic research and educational partnerships between the University and government agencies and laboratories, industry, and other academic institutions. Prior to joining the University of Rochester, Dr. Steele served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), as a policy analyst and later as the Executive Director of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).


Dr. Steele's research interests include areas from science policy and public health preparedness to regulatory science and medical product development. He advises students in these areas and developed and teaches a graduate course, Fundamentals of Science, Technology and Health Policy. This course is part of a broader Science and Technology Policy Pathway he leads for the University of Rochester's NIH supported Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (URBEST) program, which seeks to broaden research training experiences and provides mentoring and career development opportunities for trainees. Dr. Steele has held a number of leadership roles in the national NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium of institutions, including prior chair of the Public-Private Partnerships committee and current Co-Chair of the CTSA-initiated Regulatory Science Workgroup, where he co-led the development of a set of Regulatory Science competences to guide training and education in this area. He currently co-chairs a new CTSA workgroup, Regulatory Science to Advance Precision Medicine, and was selected to serve as a member of the FDA Science Board.



BS | Union College

MA | Princeton University
Molecular Biology

PhD | Princeton University
Molecular Biology


Journal Articles

Adamo JE, Bienvenu RV, Fields FO, Ghosh S, Jones CM, Liebman M, Lowenthal MS, Steele SJ. "The integration of emerging omics approaches to advance precision medicine: How can regulatory science help?" Journal of clinical and translational science.. 2018 Oct; 2(5):295-300. Epub 2018 Dec 06.

Adamo JE, Grayson WL, Hatcher H, Brown JS, Thomas A, Hollister S, Steele SJ. "Regulatory interfaces surrounding the growing field of additive manufacturing of medical devices and biologic products." Journal of clinical and translational science.. 2018 Oct; 2(5):301-304. Epub 2018 Nov 29.

Adamo JE, Wilhelm EE, Steele SJ. "Advancing a Vision for Regulatory Science Training." Clinical and translational science.. 2015 Oct; 8(5):615-8. Epub 2015 Jun 17.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Creating Ethical, High-Value Industry-Academic Partnerships
Book Title: Translational Medicine – What, Why and How: An International Perspective
Author List: Steele S, Holroyd KJ, Fadem TJ.
Edited By: B. Alving, K. Dai, S.H.H. Chan
Published By: Karger 2013