Dr. Gretchen Gano is Associate Director of Research for the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society at the University of California Berkeley. Her work centers on capacity building for technology assessment, focusing on frameworks for broader public engagement to aid the design of technology governance and public policy.

Gano has conducted empirical work in major multi-institutional research projects that engaged citizens in technology assessment of the development of synthetic biology; US national space policy; nanotechnology and emerging technologies in cities; as well as in the formation of international climate, energy & biodiversity policy.

She received her PhD in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology and has coordinated research and outreach in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS-ASU) and the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. Gano is active in the Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) Network. ECAST is a U.S. network of policy research institutions, universities, and science museums working together to foster the development of balanced, nonpartisan technology assessment and related public engagement activities.