Dr. Libby O’Hare brings a true passion for science and research to her efforts on behalf of clients, leveraging her prior experiences as an academic neuroscientist, congressional staffer, and science policy professional to ensure results in the areas of biomedical research, regulatory issues, and research administration policy. Libby is a trusted expert on research administration and grants policy issues and her first-hand knowledge of the federal grantmaking process enables her to effortlessly connect with faculty and administrators to understand their needs and objectives. With well-honed skills in strategy development and project management, Libby relies on her relationships with key stakeholders across the government to protect key policies and programs, create new opportunities, and position clients for success in enhancing and protecting their biomedical research portfolios.
Issue Expertise: Biomedical research, research policy and regulatory issues, graduate education and the science and engineering workforce, STEM education, and social and behavioral sciences.
Additional Expertise: Libby got her start in science policy as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Policy Fellow and gained Capitol Hill experience working with New Jersey Representative Rush Holt. Before joining Lewis-Burke, Libby directed several high-profile studies at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine designed to inform action on pressing issues in higher education and the science and engineering workforce. During Libby’s career as an academic neuroscientist, she investigated relationships between brain and cognitive development.
Vital Statistics: Libby is proud of her New Hampshire roots. She holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles and an A.B. in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. Her favorite brain region is the cerebellum.