From 2010-2013, she worked in the Food and Drug Administration Office of the Commissioner. From 2003-2010, Simoncelli worked as the Science Advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union, where she advised the organization on emerging developments in science and technology that pose challenges for civil liberties. In December 2013, Simoncelli was named by the journal Nature as one of “ten people who mattered this year” for her work in spearheading the development of American Civil Liberties Union’s successful legal challenge to the patenting of human genes.
Simoncelli has spoken, written, and advised on a number of contemporary science policy issues, including personalized medicine, gene patenting, forensic deoxyribonucleic acid data banks, pesticide testing in humans, and academic freedom.
She is co-author with Sheldon Krimsky of Genetic Justice: deoxyribonucleic acid Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties (Columbia University Press: 2010). Simoncelli received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in 1993, majoring in Biology and Society, and her Master of Surgery degree from University of California, Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group.