Dr. Singer is the founder of First Light (1989) and CASE (1993). Both programs are directed primarily toward improving STEM education in DC public schools. She carried out research in biochemistry and molecular biology at the National Institutes of Health for more than 35 years and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (where she has participated in a variety of science education projects) and recipient of the National Medal of Science. She was principal investigator for two National Science Foundation grants to the Carnegie Institution for support of teacher professional development in DC public schools. She provides about 30 percent of her time as a volunteer for CASE/First Light.
An American molecular biologist and science administrator. She is known for her contributions to solving the genetic code, her role in the ethical and regulatory debates on recombinant DNA techniques (including the organization of the Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA), and her leadership of Carnegie Institution of Washington.
Over the course of a career spanning more than six decades, Maxine Singer has been a pioneering molecular biologist, an influential science administrator, and a leader in science policy and advocacy. She has championed the cause of women and minorities in science, promoted equal access to postgraduate training and career opportunities, and has helped build innovative programs to improve science education in public schools. She has urged scientists to exercise their ethical and political responsibilities in society, to bring to bear scientific perspectives on such issues as genetic engineering and the safety of genetically modified organisms, evolution and the origins of life, space exploration, and the freedom of intellectual inquiry.