Master of International Policy (MIP)

Barbara is a master’s student in international policy and a geneticist with a passionate interest in science policy, with a focus on biosecurity and biodefense.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology Eckerd College, 2015
  • Master of International Policy (MIP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) in Genetics
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Barbara Del Castello graduated from Eckerd College in 2015 with a degree in Biology. During her time at Eckerd, she traveled to 7 countries, including one semester abroad in London where she discovered her interest in melding science and international policy in a class on British Politics. Her senior year she did a year long internship with a science policy think tank that cumulated into a conference hosted on campus on food policy. She was inducted as an associate member of Sigma Xi Research Honors Society.

After a gap year continuing her work as a senior fellow at the science policy think tank, Barbara began her studies at UGA. She began her doctorate research in Nancy Manley’s lab in the Genetics Department and was granted her PhD Candidacy in 2018. Her research focuses on how the parathyroid and thymus, two integral organs, develop in utero.

Throughout her graduate research, Barbara has continued her advocacy for science policy and leadership. In 2017, she served as an intern in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she assisted with the fourth National Climate Assessment, among other work. At UGA, she has served as President of the Women in Science (WiSci) organization, President of the Developmental Biology Graduate Student Association, and is a current member of the Genetics Department Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. In 2019 she was named one of two American Institute for Biological Sciences Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award recipients. With this award she was able to speak on the hill to senators and congresspeople on science funding in the US. In 2020 she received a certificate in Science Diplomacy from NYU.

Barbara is currently completing her PhD in Genetics and a Master of International Policy simultaneously, the first person at UGA to do so. After graduating, Barbara plans to work in science advisement on either the federal or international level, with a focus on biodefense or biosecurity.

Research Interests

Biosecurity, biodefense, science policy