Norbert Tavares

Norbert Tavares

Science Program Manager
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Norbert Tavares is a Science Program Manager at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where he primarily manages single-cell biology research programs that support the international Human Cell Atlas consortium. Previously, he served at the National Cancer Institute, at the National Institutes of Health as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, where he managed interdisciplinary trans-institute/agency research grant programs. Dr. Tavares is a microbiologist by training and was a Ruth Kirchstein Fellow at the University of Georgia, where he completed his Ph.D. investigating the bacterial biosynthesis of coenzyme B12 in the laboratory of Jorge Escalante-Semerena. Prior to his graduate work, he worked on large-scale protein drug production via bacterial fermentation in a biotech startup and in procurement for ESPN. Dr. Tavares has strong interests in advancing science by supporting basic research, open science, and the advancement of women and underrepresented individuals.