About Us

Jeremy Babendure

Executive Director

Dr. Jeremy Babendure is the Executive Director of the SciTech Institute, an Associate Research Professor of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University and a research fellow at the Institute for Learning Innovation.

The annual AZ SciTech festival includes over 900 collaborators, 3000 events and draws over 560,000 participants. In 2015, Jeremy launched the Chief Science Officers (CSO) Initiative.  The CSO program promotes student voice and engagement in STEM and education conversations across 9 states and 4 countries with more regions being engaged every year. In addition, through his work with the national STEM Ecosystems project he helped launch a local Arizona STEM School Community of Practice bringing together 40+ diverse schools teams focused on STEM.

Prior to his work in Arizona, Jeremy received his doctorate in in the lab of the late Nobel Laureate, Dr. Roger Tsien at the University of California, San Diego developing molecular sensors for the detection of RNA. Following this work, he and Roger launched the ScienceBridge program as mechanism to bring current science to the San Diego schools annually impacting ~200 teachers, ~20,000 students, and ~60,000 community members and attaining 12M+ in national grants.

Jeremy Babendure can be reached by email at jbabendure@scitechinstitute.org.