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About Jeffrey Margolis

Dr. Jeffrey Margolis is a scientist, STEM policy expert, and partnership builder who has spent his career strengthening the impact that science and technology have on society.  He currently serves as the Vice President of External Engagement at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, the flagship STEM academy for the State of Illinois that offers a uniquely challenging residential education for gifted 10th through 12th grade students from across the state and provides STEM professional development and enrichment to thousands of Illinois teachers and students.  An IMSA alum, Dr. Margolis develops partnerships and programs that enhance the experiences of IMSA students, promote IMSA’s visibility and sustainability, and grow Illinois’ STEM workforce. Prior to joining IMSA, he served as Managing Director of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, a member-driven nonprofit that builds public-private partnerships that connect education institutions, companies, and government to catalyze technology talent and commercialization initiatives. Dr. Margolis has also launched global innovation and entrepreneurship programs at the U.S. Department of State, helped found College Spring, a college prep nonprofit that serves thousands of low-income students, and worked as an award-winning biomedical researcher at Stanford University where he earned his PhD in microbiology and immunology.  Dr. Margolis is proud to serve on several civic, technology and economic development boards and advisory groups, including mHUB, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Economic Development Committee, and the State’s Smarter Illinois Advisory Council.


Present Vice President of External Engagement, Illinois Math and Science Academy

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Department of State Meritorious Achievement Award for “invaluable contributions to fulfilling the President's vision of engagement with Muslim communities through science diplomacy” (2011)
  • AAAS Science & Technology Policy - Diplomacy, Security, and Development Fellow (2010-2011)
  • White House Fellows Program regional finalist (2010)
  • American Society for Microbiology Travel Grant – ASM Biodefense and Emerging Disease Meeting (2010)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2006-2009)
  • Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellow (2005)
  • National Institutes of Health Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Grant (2004)
  • Northwestern University Irving M. Klotz Award for Basic Research given for top senior honors thesis in the biological sciences (2004)
  • American Society for Microbiology Travel Grant – ASM Biofilms Meeting (2003)
  • Northwestern University Richman Fund Research Award (2003)
  • Northwestern University Undergraduate Research Grants Committee Award (2002)
  • Northwestern University Sarah Boylee Fund Research Award (2002)


January 2010 Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University School of Medicine ‐ Department of Microbiology & Immunology
June 2004 Bachelor of Arts with Departmental Honors, Northwestern University ‐ Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology

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Dissertation (1)