Correct Answer : Option (D) - Arati Prabhakar
US president Joe Biden is expected to name Arati Prabhakar as the head of the White House "Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)".
She will succeed Eric Lander who left the role nine months after his appointment after he admitted to bullying his staff and creating a hostile work environment during his tenure.
Arati also served in top roles during the presidential tenures of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The Clinton administration picked her to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Obama administration picked her to lead the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The announcement from the Biden administration could come as soon as this week.
Once the Senate approves the 63-year-old’s appointment, Arati would be the first woman and the first person of color to serve as science adviser to the President of the United States.
John Holdren, who led OSTP for 8 years and served as Obama’s science adviser said Arati Prabhakar would ‘make an excellent OSTP director and science adviser to the president’.
“I have found Arati to be very smart, very principled, and … with excellent leadership qualities,” Holden was quoted as saying by the Science Journal.
Arati was born in India and raised in Texas. She completed her Ph.D from the California Institute of Technology in 1984 following which she spent 7 years as a program manager at DARPA before leading the NIST..Source : News18