Jason Paragas, Ph.D., is the director for innovation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Paragas formerly served as the special assistant to the director in Joint Science and Technology Office-CBD at DTRA, leading the development of a delivery focused investment strategy. Paragas previously was the associate director for science at the Integrated Research Facility, NIAID, leading the innovation and operationalization of a scientific program for a state of the art translational medicine initiative to investigate high consequence pathogens.
Paragas serves as the focal point for the Biological Application for Advanced Strategic Computing initiative that will enable predictive biology for national and global security through multi-scale simulation of complex biology. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of experts from global security, computation, engineering, and physical and life sciences to develop a vision and implement a strategic plan for the initiative in collaboration with major academic medical centers, technology companies, and the pharmaceutical industry. He has served on multiple government advisory-panels for national security and is the author of peer-reviewed technical manuscripts.
Paragas received his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and his B.A. in biology from the University of Chicago, Illinois.