Boyana Konforti joined the Simons Foundation as its first director of Education & Outreach in 2014. Konforti leads and develops Education & Outreach initiatives, which aim to support and enrich public interest in and understanding of science.
As a scientist, writer, editor and professional speaker, Konforti has spent the past 15 years communicating science to a wide range of audiences, working and engaging with diverse scientific communities across the entire spectrum of the life sciences.
Before coming to the foundation, Konforti served as the launch editor of Cell Reports, strategically positioning and overseeing the new publication’s rapid growth, as well as writing and speaking extensively for the publication, contributing editorials and posting frequently to its Cell Reporter blog. Before her work at Cell Reports, Konforti served for seven years as chief editor at Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, where she oversaw and positioned the relaunch of the publication from its previous incarnation as Nature Structural Biology. While at Nature and Cell, Konforti contributed broadly to the work of these publishing groups, providing editorial leadership, forming external strategic collaborations, creating new online products and fostering innovation in science publishing.
Konforti did postdoctoral work at Columbia University and Rockefeller University in RNA splicing. She received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University, where she studied the mechanism of DNA recombination. Konforti earned her B.A. at York University in Toronto. She is a co-author of The Molecules of Life: Physical and Chemical Principles, published in 2012.