Rebekah Rasooly, Ph.D.

Chief of the Wellness, Technology and Training Branch

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Dr. Rebekah S. Rasooly is chief of the Wellness, Technology and Training branch in the NINR Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP).  In this role, she oversees fellowship and training grants, as well as research grants in the areas of prevention/wellness, technology, women’s health and HIV. Dr. Rasooly is also a program director for the Health Disparities program.

Dr. Rasooly began her NIH career in 1999 as a program director and Deputy Branch Chief of the Genetics and Molecular Neurobiology Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  She joined the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) as the Genetics & Genomics Program Director in the Division of Kidney, Urologic & Hematologic Diseases and served as Deputy Director of her Division for three years.

At NIH, Dr. Rasooly has participated in numerous major NIH initiatives, including serving as the lead program director on the biobank for the All of Us program.  She is a recognized NIH resource on issues related to human biospecimen repositories. For several years, she worked on a part-time basis on program policy issues in the NIH Office of Extramural Research, developing and revising policy guidance materials.

Dr. Rasooly did her undergraduate work at Harvard and received her Ph.D. in genetics from Michigan State University in 1989.  She joined NIH after serving as Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology at St. John’s University and as a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University and as Assistant Deputy Scientific Director for the OMIM (On-line Mendelian Inheritance in Man) database.

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