Flying has been a theme in Ali Nouri’s career. His Ph.D. in molecular biology involved working with different genes that impact fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) development. He subsequently left benchwork and went into science advising on the hill (Congress), where he worked for 10 years. He realized there that scientists do not have a strong voice in the halls of Congress. He left the hill and now leads an organization to help the science community have a stronger voice when it comes to public policy decisions. As a pilot who loves flying, Ali has a vodcast where he flies policy-oriented experts around the Washington, D.C. area and interviews them about their work.