Michelle Holko

Michelle Holko, PhD, PMP, is a strategic innovator working at the intersection of biology, technology, and security. She is currently a Principal Architect and Scientist at Google working as the technical lead with the Google Cloud healthcare and life sciences team. Prior to joining Google, she served in government as a Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF), during which time she worked with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of Defense (DoD) Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP), the NIH’s All of Us Research Program, HHS BARDA, OSTP and NSC. Prior to joining the PIF program, she worked with DARPA and HHS BARDA, and was a fellow in the 2018 cohort of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Health Security’s Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative. She has also served as a Staff Scientist at NIH’s NCBI, working with the primary data archives to promote re-use and re-analysis of biomedical research data. Dr. Holko’s technical expertise is in genomics and bioinformatics, and she has experience working on pandemic prevention and preparedness, infectious diseases, cancer, biosurveillance, biosecurity, data science, emerging technologies, health technologies, precision medicine, cybersecurity, and machine learning/artificial intelligence. Dr. Holko is an inclusive, empathetic leader, interested in building security into biotechnology and health innovations to promote innovations in biomedical research. She has spent her career leveraging technology to foster scientific discovery.