We are very proud of the diverse achievements of our alumni, some of which are highlighted in these pages. If you are a previous student we would be thrilled to hear from you. Please e-mail us at with your latest news to share with your fellow alumni and inspire our current students. We also would like to keep you up to date on recent events in the BSD, and provide opportunities for you to interact with our current students.
To learn about our alumni, click on the respective name below.
Alex Dehgan, PhD (Committee on Evolutionary Biology, 2003), is the Science and Technology Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Dehgan’s role is to restore science and technology to its rightful place within USAID and ensure that USAID is the global leader on employing science, technology, and research to help solve traditional and persistent development challenges. Prior to his move to USAID, Dr. Dehgan worked as a Senior Scientist and Policy Adviser with the Science Adviser to the Secretary of State, where he worked on science diplomacy issues with the Muslim world, including assisting implementation of the S&T aspects of the President’s Global Engagement Effort announced in Cairo, working to rebuild science in Iraq, and seeking to use science as a diplomatic tool within our most significant foreign policy challenges, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Dr. Dehgan also recently served as a Senior Adviser to Ambassador Dennis Ross, the Special Adviser for the Gulf and South West Asia, where he developed a science diplomacy engagement strategy with the Islamic Republic of Iran, advised on internal political dynamics, and served as the liaison to Ambassador Holbrooke and the Office of the Special Representative to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dr. Alex Dehgan previously was the Afghanistan Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s program in Afghanistan, which he founded. Dr. Dehgan holds a Ph.D and M.Sc. from The University of Chicago’s Committee on Evolutionary Biology, where he focused on extinction and adaptation of 12 lemur species during environmental change in tropical forests in Madagascar, a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and B.S. in Zoology and Political Science from Duke University. Dr. Dehgan was featured in the Spring 2008 edition of The Imprint.