Aaron Mertz

Aaron F. Mertz, Ph.D., is a biophysicist and scientific community builder and serves as founding Director of the Aspen Institute Science & Society Program, launched in 2019. The Program aims to foster a diverse scientific workforce whose contributions extend beyond the laboratory and to generate greater public appreciation for science as a vital tool to address global challenges. Previously, Dr. Mertz was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow in cell and developmental biology at the Rockefeller University. A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Mertz earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Washington University in St. Louis as a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar and Astronaut Scholar; a master’s degree in the history of science, medicine, and technology from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar; and a doctorate in physics from Yale University as a D. Allan Bromley Fellow and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.