Sharlene Weatherwax

Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research 

Dr. Weatherwax is the Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research (BER) within the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the principal federal funding agency of the Nation’s research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, fusion energy sciences, materials and chemical sciences, biological and environmental sciences, and computing sciences. She previously served as the Division Director

Since joining the DOE in 1999, Dr. Weatherwax has managed a broad research portfolio within the Office of Science, including the Energy Biosciences Program in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, and the Genomic Science and joint USDA-DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy programs in BER. She established the Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), a multidisciplinary partnerships between national laboratories, academic and industrial research institutions to provide critical science and technology solutions for our energy needs. Under her leadership, BER launched the Genomic Science Systems Biology Knowledgebase, a cyber infrastructure to support collaborative research in systems biology in the areas of microbial, plant and metacommunities, and initiated the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), a computationally efficient model adaptable to DOE’s supercomputer architectures with greater sophistication and fidelity for high

Dr. Weatherwax received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley for research on the molecular genetics of allosteric enzymes. She was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Biology at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her independent research includes the study of light- and hormone-regulated plant gene expression. She is a member of the American Society of Plant Biologists and the American Society for Microbiology, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of

With an annual budget of more than $700 million, the Biological and Environment Research (BER) program supports transformative science and scientific user facilities to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological, earth, and environmental systems for energy and infrastructure security, independence, and prosperity.

As head of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Dr. Weatherwax serves as one of the Associate Directors of the Office of Science. She is responsible for strategic program planning, budget formulation and execution, program integration with other Office of Science activities and with the DOE technology offices, and interagency integration. Dr. Weatherwax also serves as the DOE Institutional Official for Human Subjects Research.

Contact Information
Dr. Sharlene C. Weatherwax      
Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research
SC-23/Germantown Building
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585-1290
Phone: 301/903-3251
Fax: 301/903-5051