1:1 Meet the Experts – Bios

1:1 Meet the Experts – Background information

Use this composite list of all seminar presenters and additional IC staff participating in the 1:1 Meet the Experts as a resource to help you find the right person to talk to during the 1:1 Meet the Experts.

To search for specific areas of expertise and to register for your 15 minute chat with one or more experts, visit  https://regionalseminars.od.nih.gov/washingtondc2018/meet-the-experts-registration/.

Note:  You’ll also find eRA, NIH Grants Policy and Intellectual Property staff at their booths for more opportunities to get questions answered.

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NIGMSProgramAinsztein, Alexandra

Program Director
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH
Email: alexandra.ainsztein@nih.gov

Alexandra Ainsztein, Ph.D., is a program director in the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, She administers research grants in the areas of chromosome and nuclear structures, and microbiome, biofilms, and quorum sensing. She is the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) point of contact for the Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) (R15) program.

Dr. Ainsztein is a biochemist and cell biologist whose research focused on the microtubule cytoskeleton, centromeres, and cytokinesis. Prior to joining NIGMS, she served as a scientific review officer in the NIH Center for Scientific Review from 2001-2010. At NIGMS she has managed a portfolio on membrane trafficking and organelle biogenesis; she was both the program director and scientific liaison for several grants in the NIGMS Protein Structure Initiative; and has managed the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE program). Dr. Ainsztein earned a B.A. in biochemistry from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida. She conducted postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Edinburgh, and NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
NIAMSProgramAlekel, D. Lee

Program Director
Osteoporosis and Metabolic Disorders of Bone, Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases;
Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Clinical Centers
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), NIH
Email: lee.alekel@nih.gov

D. Lee Alekel, Ph.D. joined the NIAMS at NIH in January 2015 as Program Director, overseeing the “Osteoporosis and Metabolic Disorders of Bone” portfolio. Her portfolio includes research in bone biology and skeletal homeostasis, and spans basic/mechanistic and clinical studies in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disorders. Prior to joining NIAMS, Dr. Alekel was Program Director of Women’s Health at the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM, renamed to NCCIH, National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health) at NIH since 2011. Her portfolio at NCCAM included a broad variety of research areas, such as women’s health and aging, focusing on a variety of natural products (e.g., polyphenols, omega-3 fatty acids, melatonin) and mind/body approaches (e.g., yoga, tai chi) hypothesized to provide evidence of efficacy in symptom relief for various conditions, diseases, and aging. Prior to joining NCCAM, Dr. Alekel was a professor of nutritional physiology and associate director of the Nutrition & Wellness Research Center at Iowa State University.

Dr. Alekel has numerous peer-reviewed publications and provided more than 80 invited talks internationally and nationally to professional audiences in the areas of soy isoflavones and bone & endometrial thickness, isoflavone-rich soy and menopausal symptoms, exercise/physical activity and bone/body composition, inflammatory markers and central adiposity, ethnicity and bone, ethnicity and CVD risk & breast cancer risk, iron status in women, and nutritional status. Dr. Alekel received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in statistics from the University of Illinois-Urbana, her M.S. in Human Nutrition with a physiology minor from The Pennsylvania State University, her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, and completed an internship in Clinical Dietetics at Kansas University Medical Center before earning the credentials of Registered Dietitian (RD).

Research Interests/Expertise/Key Projects: Since joining NIAMS, Dr. Alekel has participated in the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans (MoTrPAC) consortium and serves as Program Director for the Clinical Centers involved in this $170M NIH Common Fund initiative. During her years at NCCAM, Dr. Alekel spearheaded a trans-NIH effort for a Sleep/Pain Workshop (May 2014), out of which she developed a funding opportunity announcement entitled “Impact of Sleep Disturbances on Chronic Pain: Mechanisms, Mediation, Methodology, Management (R01)”, led a trans-NIH effort to promote the concept of “Arts-Based Approaches in Palliative Care for Symptom Management”, and participated in the NIH 2013 Senior Leadership Program. She was twice the recipient of the NCCAM Director’s Merit Award (December 2011 & November 2012) for outstanding leadership of the NCCAM Clinical Studies Working Group and for outstanding teamwork to develop the web-based Clinical Research Toolbox.
NIMHDProgramAlvidrez, Jennifer

Program Official
Division of Extramural Scientific Programs
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH
Email: jennifer.alvidrez@nih.gov

Dr. Jennifer Alvidrez manages a diverse portfolio of research, capacity building, and training grants. She is the scientific contact for funding opportunity announcements related to system-level health services research, pain research, dissemination and implementation research, and the health of sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Alvidrez is also the Program Director for initiatives on population health in the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands, behavioral interventions to prevent HIV infection in diverse adolescent men who have sex with men, and improving engagement in the HIV treatment cascade among diverse youth.

Before coming to NIMHD in 2010, Dr. Alvidrez was an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her research targeted several areas, including barriers to mental health care among racial and ethnic minority populations, mental health stigma, mental health treatment for crime victims, and minority inclusion in clinical research.

Dr. Alvidrez received her B.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 1990 and went on to earn her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on community psychology and minority health, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical services research sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at UCSF between 1997 and 2000.
OASHPolicyAmbalavanar, Ranjini

Scientist-Investigator
Office of Research Integrity (ORI), HHS
Email: ranjini.ambalavanar@hhs.gov

Dr. Ranjini Ambalavanar is a Scientist-Investigator in the Division of Investigative Oversight (DIO), Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Dr. Ambalavanar conducts oversight review of cases of Research misconduct in Public Health Service (PHS)-funded research at US institutions. ORI promotes integrity in biomedical research supported by the PHS and oversees investigations of research misconduct cases.

Prior to joining the ORI in May 2009, Dr. Ambalavanar was a faculty member at the University of Maryland Dental School (UMD). Dr. Ambalavanar received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Liverpool, UK, her postdoctoral training at Cambridge University, UK and NINDS, NIH, (Bethesda, MD, USA). Dr. Ambalavanar was interested in the mechanisms of chronic cutaneous and deep tissue pain involving muscle and joint. She explored the neural mechanisms of chronic craniofacial pain disorders and provided creative directions in science by her unique contributions to the field. She has published many peer reviewed articles and invited book chapters in her field of research.
ODProgramAmero, Sally

NIH Review Policy Officer
Extramural Research Integrity Liaison Officer
Office of Extramural Programs (OEP), Division of Scientific Programs (DScP)
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Email: sally.amero@nih.gov

Dr. Sally Amero serves as the NIH Review Policy Officer (RPO) and Extramural Research Integrity Liaison Officer (ERILO) in the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER). As RPO, she advises the Deputy Director for Extramural Research on peer review policy, develops review policy, and facilitates its implementation across the agency. As ERILO, she handles allegations of research misconduct that involve NIH-supported research. Before joining OER, she served as the Scientific Review Officer for the genome study section in the Center for Scientific Review, and subsequently as the inaugural Chief of the Bioengineering Sciences and Technology Integrated Review Group. Before joining the NIH, Dr. Amero was an assistant professor at Loyola University Medical Center, where her research focused on chromosome structure and RNA processing. Dr. Amero earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Biochemical Genetics from West Virginia University, and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Virginia and Washington University.
NIGMSGrantsAubrecht, Kelly

Grants Management Specialist
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH
Email: kelly.aubrecht@nih.gov

Kelly Aubrecht is a Grants Management Specialist at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at NIH. She began her career in grants management in August 2006. With over 10 years of experience, she is knowledgeable in grants policy, as well a variety of grant programs including SBIR/STTR and Fellowships & Training grants (NRSA).
NIGMSProgramBarsky, Oleg

Program Director
Biochemistry and Bio-Related Chemistry Branch
Division of Pharmacology, Physiology and Biological Chemistry
National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH
E-mail: oleg.barski@nih.gov

Oleg Barski, Ph.D., is a Program Director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry at National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), where he handles research grants in enzyme catalysis and regulation. He also oversees F32 postdoctoral fellowships and K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Awards in pharmacology, physiology and biological chemistry. Before coming to NIGMS, he was an assistant professor in the division of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Barski earned an M.Sc. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in chemical kinetics and catalysis from Moscow State University in Russia. He conducted postdoctoral research at Osaka Bioscience Institute in Japan and Baylor College of Medicine.
NIAAAProgramBechtholt, Anita

Program Director
Division of Treatment and Recovery Research
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), NIH
Email: anita.bechtholt@nih.gov

Dr. Anita Bechtholt earned her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University in 2004. Her thesis work examined the role opioid receptors in the conditioned rewarding and aversive properties of ethanol and was supported by an individual predoctoral NRSA from the NIAAA. Dr. Bechtholt’s postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania focused on understanding how antidepressants are effective, when they are effective, using a variety of behavioral, neurochemical, pharmacological, and genetic methods. This work was supported by a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. Her independent research program in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School - McLean Hospital was focused on understanding the role of glial cells in the treatments and causes of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and alcoholism. This work was funded by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Mental Health, a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, an ABMRF from The Foundation for Alcohol Research, an Eleanor and Miles Shore Harvard Medical School Fellowship, and funds from the Shervert Frazier Research Institute.

Dr. Anita Bechtholt joined the NIAAA Division of Neuroscience and Behavior as a Program Director in November 2012 and transitioned to the Division of Treatment and Recovery Research in 2014. Dr. Bechtholt administers grants related to translation, neuroscience, biomarkers, technology, centers and training.
NCIScientific ReviewBianco, Caterina

Chief, Resources and Training Review Branch
Division of Extramural Activities
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: caterina.bianco@nih.gov

Dr. Caterina Bianco received her M.D. from University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 1991 and her Ph.D. in Genetic Disease and Gene Therapy from University G. D’Annunzio, Chieti, Italy, in 2003. Following an oncology residency program at the University of Naples Federico II Medical School, she joined the Tumor Growth Factor Section of the Mammary Biology & Tumorigenesis Laboratory at NCI in 1996 as a postdoctoral fellow and in 2001 she became a Staff Scientist. Dr. Bianco’s research program focused on the role played by the embryonic gene Cripto-1 in the pathogenesis of breast cancer. In 2012, Dr. Bianco joined the Division of Extramural Activities at NCI, where she was involved in managing the peer review of multicomponent grant applications, including P01 Program Projects and P50 Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE). In 2017, Dr. Bianco became the chief of the Resources and Training Review Branch (RTRB). The RTRB is responsible for the peer review of P30 Cancer Center Support Grant applications as well as Training, Education, and Career Development grants applications.
NCIGrantsBirken, Justin

Grants Management Specialist
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: justin.birken@nih.gov

Justin Birken is a Grants Management Specialist at the National Cancer Institute. He is responsible for managing and coordinating a large grant portfolio that include research grants, cooperative agreements, cancer centers, etc. This includes management of the grant involves pre-award analysis to ensure the application is in accordance with the guidelines of the program, the grants policy statement and the cost principles. In this role he monitors the project throughout the post-award phase to review prior approval requests such as budget carryover, change of PI and institution transfers. Justin graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in History. Prior to joining NIH, he worked as a TSA Agent at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
NIAGrantsBlakeney, Ryan

Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH
Email: ryan.blakeney@nih.gov

Mr. Ryan Blakeney is a graduate of famed DeMatha catholic high school, and holds a degree in Business Administration from Montgomery College. He joined the National Institute on Aging (NIA) as a Grants Management Specialist in February of 2006. Prior to the NIA, he served as a Grants Technical Assistant at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, MD. In May of 2016, Mr. Blakeney was promoted to Supervisory Grants Management Specialist (Team Leader) for the Grants and Contracts Management Branch at the NIA. He has received several awards, such as the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for helping SAMHSA administer a new $70 million grant program, and NIH Merit and Appreciation awards for exemplary efforts and contributions to the NIH implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
NCIProgramBoudreau, Nancy

Chief, Tumor Mestastasis Branch
Program Director
Email: nancy.boudreau@nih.gov

Dr. Nancy Boudreau has served as the Chief of the Tumor Metastasis Branch at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute since 2016. Prior to coming to the NIH, Dr. Boudreau was the Professor of Surgery and the Elsbach-Richards Professor of the UCSF Division of Surgery Research Laboratory at the San Francisco General Hospital. She is a graduate of the Dalhousie University in Halifax NS, Canada, conducted her Post-Doctoral training at UC Berkeley and Scripps Institute, and received her Ph. D. in Pathology from the University of Toronto. Her research focused on developmental genes in cancer and wound healing.
NIGMSProgramBrown, Erica

Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Activities
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH
Email: erica.brown@nih.gov

Dr. Erica Brown is the Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Activities at the National Institue of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) where she is responsible for coordinating and overseeing NIGMS grant policies and procedures and assisting Institute officials in formulating institute programs and objectives.

Prior to joining NIGMS, Dr. Brown served as the Director of the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts in the NIH Office of Extramural Research where she managed the publication of Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices in the NIH Guide, ensuring that all announcements complied with NIH, DHHS, and OMB policies and regulations. She also provided technical leadership and guidance on a range of scientific, academic, legislative, and public policy matters related to NIH extramural research programs.

Dr. Brown’s additional NIH experience includes serving as the Director of the NIH AREA Program and Conference Grant Program from 2011 – 2013 and as a a Scientific Review Officer (SRO) in the AIDS Research Review Branch of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) from 2006 - 2011. Dr. Brown obtained her BS in Biochemistry from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed her postdoctoral training in the NIAID Intramural Research Program.
ODPolicyBrown-Longenecker, Petrice

Human Research Protection Officer
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Email: petrice.brown@nih.gov

Dr. Petrice Brown-Longenecker serves as one of the Extramural Human Research Protection Officers in NIH’s Office of Extramural Research (OER). Dr. Brown-Longenecker previously served as the Human Subjects Specialist for OER. Prior to joining the NIH, Dr. Brown-Longenecker was a clinical laboratory scientist with NeoDiagnostix, a cancer diagnostics company with an emphasis in women’s health that offers patients molecular tests for DNA mutations in cervical samples. Dr. Brown-Longenecker received her MA in Bioethics while working on her PhD in Human Genetics from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Population Council in New York City where she focused on male infertility. Dr. Brown-Longenecker has also taught General Biology and Biomedical Ethics at the community college level.
NCIScientific ReviewCho, Eun Ah

Scientific Review Officer
Special Review Branch
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: eunah.cho@nih.gov

Dr. Eun Ah Cho joined the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) at the National Cancer Institute as a Scientific Review Officer (SRO) in 2011, after serving as the SRO for the Tumor Microenvironment (TME) Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) for 8 years. She received her Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the mechanisms of T-cell tolerance. Her postdoctoral training was at the University of Michigan focused on the molecular mechanism of embryonic kidney development. She went on to the Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis at NCI where she was a staff research fellow studying the role of transforming growth factor beta-1 in cellular transformation.
NCCIHProgramClark, Dave

Program Officer
National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH
Email: dave.clark@nih.gov

Dr. Dave Clark is a program officer at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health [NCCIH]. Dr. Clark has been with the NIH since 2009. He maintains a portfolio of grants focusing on complementary and integrative health approaches to pain management, military and veteran populations, health services research, and implementation science. Prior to joining the NIDCR, Dr. Clark had an extensive work history in oral health with 8 years at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research [NIDCR] and in the substance abuse field including one year in the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research at NIDA, four years of research at the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, and over 13 years of direct patient care at the VA Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Clark received his Dr.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Kentucky and his M.P.H. in health services administration from San Diego State University.
ODPolicyCooper, Scott

Assistant Extramural Inventions Policy Officer
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Email: scott.cooper@nih.gov

Scott Cooper is an Assistant Extramural Inventions Policy Officer in the Division of Extramural Inventions and Technology Resources (DEITR) in the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research. DEITR works under the auspices of OPERA to develop, implement, and monitor extramural intellectual property policies and invention reporting under the Bayh-Dole Act. The Division also promotes the proper utilization of NIH-funded patents and inventions in extramural programs, and facilitates the distribution and sharing of research resources. He has more than 17 years of federal service in the areas of Grants Management & Policy and Aviation Security Policy with the Division of Grants Policy, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration in the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research; the HHS’ Office of Grants Policy Oversight and Evaluation; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) at the U.S. Department of Justice, andr the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at DHS. Prior to joining Federal service, he served as a staff attorney for a small non-profit organization that served the Criminal Justice community. Mr. Cooper earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Albany Law School of Union University.
OERPolicyCorbett, Dawn

NIH Inclusion Policy
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Email: dawn.corbett@nih.gov

Ms. Dawn Corbett is the NIH Inclusion Policy Officer in the Office of Extramural Research’s Office of Extramural Programs, where she provides oversight of trans-NIH efforts to ensure the inclusion of women, minorities, and individuals across the lifespan in NIH-defined clinical research. Prior to joining the Office of Extramural Programs, Ms. Corbett led efforts to increase the efficiency and transparency of clinical research through enhanced recruitment monitoring and increased compliance efforts as a Health Science Policy Analyst in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Office of Clinical Research, Clinical Trials Operations and Biostatistics Branch.

Ms. Corbett began her federal career at NIH in the NIMH Office for Research on Disparities in Global Mental Health (formerly Office for Special Populations), where she coordinated programs related to diversity in clinical research, and designed and conducted portfolio analyses in the areas of global mental health and mental health disparities. Ms. Corbett has a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
NIDDKGrantsCoriz, Christina

Senior Grants Management Specialist
Grants Management Branch
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH
Email: christina.coriz@nih.gov

Christina Coriz, M.S.W. is a Senior Grants Management Specialist at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). She has held this position in the Division of Extramural Activities, Grants Management Branch, since May 2006. Mrs. Coriz is responsible for the pre-award, award, and post-award negotiation of various federal assistance awards. She provides guidance and interpretation of federal laws, regulations, and policy and operating procedures.
NIGMSProgramCubano, Luis

Program Director
Division of Training, workforce Development, and Diversity
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Email: luis.cubano@nih.gov

Luis Cubano, Ph.D., is a program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity. He manages the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program, the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) program and the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). He also manages research grants in the area of protein folding and degradation in the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

Prior to joining NIGMS, he served as professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies at the Universidad Central del Caribe, in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Cubano earned a B.S. in cellular and molecular biology from Tulane University, an M.S. in biology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Ph.D. in biology from Kansas State University. He conducted postdoctoral research at Tulane University Medical School.
NCIProgramDaee, Danielle

Program Director
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP)
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: danielle.daee@nih.gov

Dr. Danielle Daee is a Program Director in the Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Her responsibilities include managing a portfolio of grants related to genetic factors modulating susceptibility to cancer in general and in pediatric cancers specifically. Notably, Dr. Daee is on the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program leadership team. Dr. Daee also supports the assessment and evaluation of several program initiatives.
ODPolicyDeutsch, Mary Fran

Grants Management Specialist
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Email: maryfran.deutsch@nih.gov

Mary Fran Deutsch is a Grants Management Specialist in the Division of Extramural Inventions & Technology Resources (DEITR) in the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research. She has a range of federal grants experience including:
•working with Department of Education (DoEd) State grantees
•serving as a Program Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) on the agency’s largest discretionary grant program, and
•serving as a Grants Compliance Officer within the NIH.

While at CMS, she received the Administrator’s Achievement Award and the DHHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, as part of a large inter-agency coordinating team for the New Freedom Initiative. She earned her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law, and her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in History and Political Science from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Deutsch has also served as a judicial law clerk to both a state Supreme Court Justice and to a Federal Bankruptcy Judge. Before moving to the Washington D.C. area she was an attorney in private practice for several years.
NCIProgramDivi, Rao

Program Director
Methods and Technologies Branch
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: rao.divi@nih.gov

Dr. Rao L. Divi is a Program Director in the Methods and Technologies Branch (MTB) in Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences, NCI. His responsibilities include managing a research portfolio and initiatives that focus on the development of methods and technologies to address epidemiologic data collection, study design and analysis, and validation of emerging molecular and cellular analysis technologies for application across the cancer control continuum.

Dr. Divi can provide guidance on funding opportunities for technology development, validation and implementation.
NCCIHProgramDuffy, Linda

Program Director and Health Scientist Administrator
Inter-agency Innovation Team and Technology Consortium
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH
Email: linda.duffy@nih.gov

Dr. Duffy served for many years as Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the State University of New York-Buffalo and has served in the U.S. Federal Government since 2004. She has been an invited Keynote Speaker for many international Conferences in the areas of probiotic biology and microbiome science.

Currently, she is a Program Director and Health Scientist Adminstrator at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services [NIH/DHHS]. Dr. Duffy co-chairs an Inter-agency Innovation Team in probiogenomic impacts on microbiome essential functions in animal model systems and human health. She also leads trans-NIH and inter-agency Innovation in areas of multi-omics validation technologies in understanding the role of keystone groups and genes in their related probiotic and microbiota essential interactions with the human host. She has received prestigious awards in recognition of her contributions and has published extensively in journals, and co-authored numerous agency technical reports and book chapters over the past 30 years.
NIGMSProgramDunsmore, Sarah

Program Director, Division of Pharmacology
National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS), NIH
Email: sarah.dunsmore@nih.gov

Sarah E. Dunsmore, Ph.D. is a Program Director in the Pharmacology, Physiology and Biological Chemistry Division at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. She oversees research grants and career development awards in the areas of molecular pharmacology and sepsis. She also serves as the program director for several clinical trials that are testing novel treatments for sepsis and septic shock.

Some of her responsibilities include: providing advice to prospective applicants on institute and study section assignment, scientific aims of research project, collaborations, budget preparation, and regulatory policy compliance; evaluating peer review summary statements and preparing required analyses for advisory council review; developing funding plans and budget recommendations for approximately 200 grant applications per fiscal year; monitoring research progress, regulatory compliance, scope of research activities, personnel effort, and budget expenditure on approximately 220 active grants; and reviewing and prioritizing requests for budget supplementation.

Dr. Dunsmore received her BS in Molecular Biology and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and her Physiology PhD from Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis where she was a Louise P. Markey Pathway Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Dunsmore has also held positions at University College London and Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital prior to joining the National Institute of General Medical Sciences in 2006.
NIAAA Program Dunty, William

Program Director
Division of Metabolism and Health Effects
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), NIH
Email: william.dunty@nih.gov

Dr. William Dunty is a developmental biologist and program director in the Division of Metabolism and Health Effects at NIAAA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he investigated the teratogenic effects of alcohol during mouse embryogenesis. His postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute-Frederick focused on the molecular mechanisms of Wnt signal transduction during normal embryonic development and how aberrant Wnt signaling contributes to the etiology of human gastrointestinal cancers. At NIAAA, Dr. Dunty manages a portfolio of research and cooperative agreements grants supporting basic and clinical research on the health consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure and mechanisms by which alcohol consumption increases cancer risk.
NCIProgramEmenaker, Nancy

Program Director
Division of Cancer Prevention
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: nancy.emenaker@nih.gov

Dr. Nancy Emenaker is a Program Director in the Nutritional Science Research Group within the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) where she oversees a basic and clinical research portfolio in nutrition and cancer prevention. She currently serves as a Member of the Academy’s Research Dietetics Practice Group Nominating Committee identifying qualified candidates for national Academy leadership roles and actively participates in mentoring women through the Introduction to Cancer Research Careers Program at the National Cancer Institute.

Prior to joining NIH in 2004, she was a Biomedical Scientist supporting the Congressional Directed Medical Research Program from 2003-2004. Dr. Emenaker was an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons from 1998-2002; earning full membership in the Gastrointestinal Malignancies, Carcinogenesis, and Prevention & Control Programs at the Columbia University Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was a founding member and a past Chair of the Diet & Cancer Research Interest Group of the American Society for Nutrition, and a past Chairs of both the Academy’s Oncology Nutrition (2002-2003) and the Research Dietetic Practice Groups (2013-2014).

Dr. Emenaker holds a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from The Ohio State University and completed her Postdoctoral and Fellowship training in the Department of Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research interests included diet and microbiome perturbations in GI carcinogenesis, metabolic syndrome, and nutrient sensitive genetic polymorphisms in cancer risk.
NCIProgramEspey, Michael Graham

Program Director
Division of Cancer Biology
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: michael.espey@nih.gov

As a NCI Program Director, Dr. Espey manages a diverse Cancer Cell Biology portfolio of grants and contracts that focus on organelle-mitochondria biology, metabolism, redox mechanisms, development and cancer stem cells. He develops and assists in the management of scientific consortium projects pertaining to patient-derived cancer models, physical sciences, and systems biology; and works to support applied mathematics and technology development that address basic cancer research questions.

Dr. Espey is Board certified in Clinical Pathology with prior experience in Immunology, Microbiology, Transfusion Medicine and Organ Transplant at the University of Iowa Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital and the NIH Clinical Center. He received his Ph.D. with distinction from Georgetown University jointly in Biology and Physiology, and was a NIH staff intramuralist at both NCI and NIDDK. Dr. Espey has strong interests in imaging, biophysical instrumentation and drug development. He is the NIH FAES Professor for Molecular and Cellular Biology, is an active editor and ad-hoc in in peer review, and has over 10,000 citations in multiple fields of study including biochemistry, cancer, immunology, infectious disease, and neuroscience.
NIAScientific ReviewFirth, Kimberly

Scientific Review Officer
National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH
Email: kimberly.firth@nih.gov

Kimberly Firth, Ph.D. is a Scientific Review Officer in the Scientific Review Branch of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). She holds a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a dual Ph.D. in Social and Developmental Psychology from Brandeis University under the mentorship of Dr. Margie Lachman.

Prior to coming to the NIA, Kimberly was the Director of Research for the Optimal Healing Environments Program at the Samueli Institute, a non-profit research foundation with the mission of transforming healthcare through the scientific exploration of holistic and complementary healing modalities. Subsequent to that, Dr. Firth was an Assistant Professor of Research Methods at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her significant research experience has included work in the area of adult midlife development and aging, temporal orientation and life satisfaction, implicit bias, and the effects of cultural enrichment on the physical and mental health of older adults.
NIAAAScientific ReviewGhambaryan, Ann

Scientific Review Officer (SRO)
National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), NIH
Email: anna.ghambaryan@nih.gov

Dr. Anna Ghambaryan has joined the Office of Extramural Activities at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in 2016. . As a Scientific Review Officer (SRO), Dr. Ghambaryan manages the first level of review required by the two-tier NIH peer review system for grant applications referred to NIAAA. She serves as the SRO for the Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research Review Subcommittee (AA-2) which reviews applications on alcohol-related epidemiologic studies, prevention and consequences of a wide range of behaviors. This subcommittee also reviews multidisciplinary perspectives and community factors in general or well-defined populations covering all age-ranges who are at risk for alcohol abuse. In addition to the AA-2 study section, Anna is also responsible for managing various Special Emphasis Panels to review grant applications and contract proposals received in response to various NIAAA initiatives. Prior to the NIAAA, Anna was an Epidemiologist at Food and Drug Administration where she was a lead reviewer for the clinical investigations aiming to assess safety and effectiveness of implantable medical devices.

Anna started her federal career with Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), where she was a project Officer and research portfolio Coordinator and oversaw various programs like Clinical and Health Outcomes Initiative in Comparative Effectiveness (CHOICE) and Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) program. She has MD degree in general practice from Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan, Armenia, as well as MS in Psychology (Brigham Young University, Provo Utah), and PhD in Medical Psychology research with emphasis on Electrophysiology from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. She was a Scientific Contractor for Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Crystal City, VA where she worked on DoD projects assessing the prevalence of problematic behaviors in the military.
ODPolicyGopee, Neera

Veterinary Medical Officer
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Email: neera.gopee@nih.gov

Dr. Neera V. Gopee is a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), located in Bethesda Maryland. Dr. Gopee earned her veterinary degree at the University of the West Indies and holds a doctoral degree in Toxicology from the University of Georgia. Prior to her appointment at OLAW, she served as a Veterinary Medical Officer at the National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Jefferson, AR. Dr. Gopee is board certified in toxicology and laboratory animal medicine.
NIDDKProgramGreenwel, Patricia

Program Director
Gastrointestinal Development, Stem Cell Biology, Basic Neurogastroenterology, Epithelial Cell Biology and Lymphatics
Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH
Email: patricia.greenwel@nih.gov

Dr. Patricia Greenwel, Ph.D. is a Program Director in the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) where she manages and supports a portfolio of grants related to basic and translational research related to stem cell biology and development of the gastrointestinal (GI) system, epithelial cell biology, basic GI neurobiology and GI lymphatics.

Dr. Greenwel’s academic background includes a PhD in Experimental Pathology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and post-doctoral work at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the Department of Molecular Biology. Before joining NIH, she held Faculty positions in the Department of Developmental Biology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she studied the genesis and progression of connective tissue disorders with particular emphasis on the molecular mechanisms involved in hepatic fibrogenesis. Her work was supported by grants from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the American Liver Foundation.
ODPolicyHancock, Kathy

Assistant Grants Compliance Officer
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Email: kathy.hancock@nih.gov

Kathy Hancock is an Assistant Grants Compliance Officer with the Division of Grants Compliance and Oversight, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA), OER, NIH. She has been a part of the OPERA staff since 2004. Kathy began her grants administration career at NIH over 35 years ago. Prior to joining OPERA, she served as a Grants Management Officer at the National Cancer Institute and as a Team Leader and Acting Chief Grants Management Officer for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
OHRPPolicyHernandez, Jaime

Public Health Advisor
Office for Human Research Protections, HHS
Email: jaime.hernandez@hhs.gov

Jaime Hernandez is an attorney and bioethicist who is currently a Public Health Advisor with the Division of Education and Development at the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before joining OHRP, Mr. Hernandez was a Senior Research Investigator at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Prior to that, he was a Litigation Associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, L.L.P. He also served as an Administrator for the social and behavioral science IRB at the University of Pennsylvania, Office of Regulatory Affairs.

Mr. Hernandez obtained his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and his Masters in Bioethics (M.Be.) at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. He also holds a Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Miami.
NCIGrantsHine, Sean

Branch Chief - Grants Management Branch A
Office of Grants Administration
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: sean.hine@nih.gov

Sean Hine is a Supervisory Grants Management Specialist with the National Cancer Institute at NIH. Prior to his current position, Sean worked at NCI as a Grants Management Specialist and a Team Leader. Through 16 years of experience, he has worked with nearly every mechanism that NCI supports. Sean has a degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton where he majored in business management with concentrations in leadership and management information systems.
NEIScientific ReviewHoshaw, Brian

Scientific Review Officer
National Eye Institute (NEI), NIH
Email: brian.hoshaw@nih.gov

Dr. Brian Hoshaw received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology/Neuroscience from Temple University in 2002. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Pharmacology. In 2006, he joined the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the NIH as part of the Scientific Review Officer (SRO) internship program. In 2012, he joined the National Eye Institute as an SRO where he reviews clinical trial and other applications.

During his time at NIH, Dr. Hoshaw has served on numerous committees and working groups related to SRO training with a focus on IT aspects of the SRO job. Dr. Hoshaw has been involved in the development and use of Internet Assisted Meetings (IAM). He was one of the first users of this review format, and for 3 years he was the IAM Coordinator at the Center for Scientific Review. Currently, Dr. Hoshaw is co-Chair of the SRO Technical and Competencies Subcommittee (STCS). His role as a co-Chair involves coordinating the activities of 14 working groups with over 90 SROs.
NIDDKScientific ReviewJerkins, Ann

Scientific Review Officer
Grants Review Branch
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH
Email: ann.jerkins@nih.gov

Dr. Jerkins' current responsibilities and activities as a Scientific Review Officer at NIDDK include managing Special Emphasis Panel reviews.  Dr. Jenkins uses her scientific expertise and communication and interpersonal skills to:
analyze the scientific content of grant applications; 
identify the scientists invited to serve on scientific review groups and assign the applications each panel member will review; 
organize and run peer review meetings to assess the scientific and technical merit of grant applications; and 
provide applicants with a succinct written summary explaining how the review committee viewed the applications.

Dr. Jerkins served as an Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona from1994-1999. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health from 1991-1994. Dr. Jenkins earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
FICProgramJessup, Christine

Program Officer
Division of International Training and Research (DITR)
Fogarty International Center (FIC), NIH
Email: christine.jessup@nih.gov

Dr. Christine Jessup is a Program Officer in the Division of International Training and Research of the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she directs the international health and environment grants portfolio and global health career development programs, including the Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth), Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, Climate and Health, International Research Scientist Development Award, and Emerging Global Leader Award programs. Several of her programs involve partnerships with other U.S. Government and international funding organizations. Dr. Jessup received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Stanford University. Following postdoctoral research on virus ecology and evolution at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Dr. Jessup received two consecutive AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships: one leading strategic planning for climate and health activities at NOAA and one conducting research on infectious disease epidemiology and coordinating climate and health activities in FIC’s Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies. In addition to managing a portfolio of research and training grants, she co-founded the Trans-NIH Working Group for Climate Change and Health and participates in several other NIH and U.S. Government working groups. Dr. Jessup has authored a wide range of scientific and policy publications, including research reports, research reviews, commentaries, and book reviews on subjects including microbiology, ecology, biodiversity, and climate change and health.
CSR Scientific ReviewJeter, Pamela

Scientific Review Officer
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH
Email: pamela.jeter@nih.gov

Pamela Jeter, Ph. D., served as a Scientific Review Officer (Contractor) at the Center for Scientific Review (NIH) from November 2016 until April 2018. She joined the Office of Scientific Review at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) in mid-April 2018. In this capacity, she administers the scientific review of applications submitted to NCCIH in response to its various funding announcements.

Pam received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences (Experimental Psychology) from the University of California, Irvine, where she examined mechanisms of transfer and specificity in visual perceptual learning. Her post-doctoral work at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute involved evaluating the therapeutic benefits of yoga for individuals with severe vision loss, who are at risk for falls and experience diminished quality of life. Additionally, Pam served as Adjunct Faculty at the Maryland University of Integrative Health for 3 years, where she taught research literacy and academic publishing practices for Integrative Health graduate students.

*Dr. Jeter is teaming up with Dr. Ashlee Tipton for 1:1 Meet the Experts. Please look for times under Dr. Tipton's name.
NCIProgramJohnson, Ron

Program Director
DNA and Chromosome Aberrations Branch
Division of Cancer Biology
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: ron.johnson@nih.gov

Dr. Ron Johnson has been a Program Officer in the Division of Cancer Biology at the National Cancer Institute since 2011. As part of the DNA and Chromosome Aberrations Branch, his portfolio of research awards encompasses chemical carcinogenesis, and gene expression and genomic instability in lung and liver cancers.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Johnson was a project scientist at the NIH Chemical Genomics Center, now part of the National Center for Translational Science, where he conducted high-throughput small molecule screens and profiled chemical probes. Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. from the Department of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and conducted postdoctoral studies in the Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine. Broadly trained in molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics, Dr. Johnson has worked in academia and industry researching cell-cell signaling, development, and oncology.
ODPolicyKahana, Shoshana

Training Policy Program Officer
Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW)
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH

Dr. Shoshana Kahana joined the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW) in OER as the Training Policy Program Officer in 2017. Since 2008 Dr. Kahana worked at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) where she was a Health Scientist Administrator and most recently, Acting Deputy Branch Chief. At NIDA, Dr. Kahana managed an extensive grant portfolio including Career Development and Training programs. She has considerable expertise in program planning and evaluation and recent involvement in the NIH Next Generation Researcher Initiative. Dr. Kahana has a leadership role in program and policy aspects of research training and research career development and contribute to the evaluation of NIH policies and programs to grow and sustain the biomedical research workforce.
NIAIDContractsKennedy, George

Contracting Officer and Team Lead
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research Branch A
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH
Email: george.kennedy@nih.gov

George Kennedy has nearly 10 years of Government contracting experience, serving the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, before joining the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Office of Acquisitions in August 2010. In his current position Mr. Kennedy serves as a Contracting Officer and Team Lead supporting the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. During his time at NIH Mr. Kennedy has negotiated, awarded and administered a broad portfolio of contracts, including indefinite delivery, fixed price and cost type contracts. His responsibilities have encompassed awards of both completion and term forms; and have involved for-profit, non-profit, educational, domestic, foreign, and small business entities.

Mr. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. He has received post-graduate training in Federal Procurement Law from the George Washington University School of Law’s Master of Laws program. He is a licensed attorney with the Maryland Court of Appeals, is FAC-C Level III certified, and holds an unlimited Contracting Officer’s warrant at the NIH.
ODPolicyKitt, Cheryl

Special Assistant/Senior Science Advisor, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Email: cheryl.kitt@nih.gov

Dr. Cheryl Kitt is Senior Scientific Advisor in the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA), Office of Extramural Research, at the National Institutes of Health.

She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and received post-doctoral training in neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and focused her research on the neurobiology of neurodegenerative disorders. She later joined the faculty of Hopkins’ Division of Neuropathology, Department of Pathology, where she studied neural systems affected in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and pediatric neurological disorders.

Dr. Kitt began her career at NIH as Program Director for research in pain, neuroendocrinology, neurotoxicology, sleep, circadian rhythms, and women’s health research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, where she also served as scientific and administrative team leader for the Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster. She then served at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases as Director of Extramural Program, providing scientific and management oversight for the program, grants management, contracts management, and review branches and most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Center for Scientific Review.

In her scientific career, Dr. Kitt has authored more than 150 research articles and book chapters for publications such as Science, Nature, Brain Research, and Neuroscience. She has delivered numerous lectures and presentations on neurodegenerative disorders, exploring the brain and NIH peer review for the public at regional and national universities, at the NIH and on National Public Radio.
NIAProgramKohanski, Ronald

Deputy Director, Division of Aging Biology
National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH
Email: ronald.kohanski@nih.gov

Ronald Kohanski, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the Division of Aging Biology at the National Institute on Aging, NIH. Trained as a biochemist, he obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry with Robert L. Heinrikson at the University of Chicago in 1981. After a postdoctoral fellowship with M. Daniel Lane at the Johns Hopkins University, he held faculty positions at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. His fields of research included enzymology and developmental biology. Dr. Kohanski joined the Division of Aging Biology, NIA in 2005 as a Program Officer, and became Division Deputy Director in 2007. Dr. Kohanski has promoted aging research in the specific areas of stem cell biology and cardiovascular biology. More broadly he promotes efforts to include aging as an experimental parameter in the study of disease. Since 2007, he has sought to expand the use of systems biology in the study of aging.

Dr. Kohanski is a co-founder and co-leader of the trans-NIH Geroscience Interest Group with Dr. Felipe Sierra. Together they are editors of “Advances in Geroscience” (Springer International Publishing, 2016) and co-authors on several publications about geroscience. The group seeks to promote research on the “geroscience hypothesis” which states that slowing the rate of aging will delay the initiation or diminish the severity of adult-onset diseases and loss-of-resilience.
NIAGrantsLaney, Robin

Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH
Email: robin.laney@nih.gov

Ms. Robin Laney began her federal service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a member of the inaugural class of the Administrative Fellows Program. She has served as a grants management specialist at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) since 2007. Prior to joining the NIA, she was the Business Manager of the Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and was a Research Assistant at the George Washington University Biostatistics Center. In May of 2016, Ms. Laney was promoted to Supervisory Grants Management Specialist (Team Leader) for the Grants and Contracts Management Branch at the NIA. She has received several awards, such as the NIA Merit and Appreciation awards for exemplary efforts and contributions to the NIH implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Ms. Laney is a graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park, earning a Bachelor’s in Community Health Education. She received her Master’s in Management, with a concentration in Financial Management, from the University of Maryland-University College.
NCIScientific ReviewMartin, Damali

Program Director, Genomic Epidemiology Branch
Global Health Coordinator, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: damali.martin@nih.gov

Dr. Damali Martin is a Program Director in the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Dr. Martin's responsibilities include managing a portfolio of grants related to the genetic etiology of cancers and subsequent health outcomes in underserved populations. She focuses on improving understanding of cancer disparities in the U.S. and globally, particularly populations of African descent.

Dr. Martin is EGRP's Global Health Coordinator. She serves as NCI’s program coordinator for the IARC Caribbean Regional Cancer Registry Hub under the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry (GICR) Development and as the US Government collaborator to the Suriname GEOHealth Hub under the trans-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Global Environmental and Occupational Health program. Dr. Martin is the EGRP liaison for several international consortia in developing countries, including the Men of African Descent and Carcinoma of the Prostate Consortium (MADCaP), the Prostate Cancer Transatlantic Consortium (CaPTC), the African-American Breast Cancer Consortium (AABC), and the African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3). She also serves scientific officer for the trans-NIH Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative (H3Africa). Dr. Martin is a member of NIH's Global Health Implementation team for the NIH Common Fund.
NIAScientific ReviewMikhail, Isis

Scientific Review Officer (SRO)
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)
National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH
Email: isis.mikhail@nih.gov

Dr. Isis Mikhail is a Scientific Review Officer at the Scientific Review Branch (SRB) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Her role is to organize peer review meetings to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of applications in areas of scientific interest of NIA’s mission with a focus on geriatrics and clinical gerontology.  Before joining SRB, Dr. Mikhail was at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) since 2004 where she served as Program Director and Acting Branch Chief of the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch (CTEB) at the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP). She also served as Chair of the Health Disparities Interest Group and was a member of the NCI Special Studies Institutional Review Board (SSIRB). Then she served as Director of the Extramural Research Program (ERP) at NCI’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM). Dr. Mikhail has also served as a SRO at the Special Review and Logistics Branch (SRLB) at NCI where she managed several grant and contract reviews.

Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Mikhail worked as Program Director and Research Coordinator of large-scale epidemiologic research studies and clinical trials at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Medicine and the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH). Dr. Mikhail has an MD from Cairo University School of Medicine and a master’s and Doctorate degrees in Epidemiology and International Health with honors from the UAB SOPH. She completed a fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Emory University Rollins SOPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.
NIDCRScientific ReviewMoore-Hoon, Marilyn

Scientific Review Officer
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH
Email: marilyn.moore-hoon@nih.gov
NCCIHProgramMudd, Lanay

Program Director
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH
Email: lanay.mudd@nih.gov

Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D., joined NCCIH as a program director in July 2015. Her grant portfolio centers on clinical studies of movement meditation, including yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. Dr. Mudd’s interests include physical activity measurement, as well as the use of mind and body interventions for perinatal health conditions and for promoting healthy behaviors. She is also NCCIH’s representative to the NIH Common Fund initiative on Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans.

Dr. Mudd earned a dual-major doctoral degree in kinesiology and epidemiology, and completed postdoctoral training in perinatal epidemiology at Michigan State University.

Prior to joining NCCIH, she was an assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, where her research investigated the health benefits of physical activity during pregnancy and the development of interventions to improve health behaviors among pregnant women. She has published in a variety of peer reviewed journals, including Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Pediatrics, Journal of Physical Activity & Health, and Preventive Medicine.
NIAMSGrantsNelson, Melinda

Chief Grants Management Officer
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), NIH

Melinda Nelson has over 41 years of NIH service in the extramural grants administration field, starting in the Center for Scientific Review as a Grants Technical Assistant, as a Grants Manager, as the Chief Grants Management Officer for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) for over 20 years and currently as the Director of Extramural Operations at the NIAMS which oversees grants, review, and clinical trials management. Ms. Nelson earned her B.S. in Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland. She is a leader in training and professional development endeavors for NIH extramural staff and is a member of the International Society of Research Administrators.

Note: To visit with Melinda Nelson during 1:1, please make an appointment with Dr. Lee Alekel from NIAMS. Grants management and program have teamed up to chat with you.
CSRScientific ReviewNi, Weijia

Chief, Risk Prevention, and Health Behavior Integrated Review Group
Center for Scientific Review (CSR), NIH
Email: weijia.ni@nih.gov

Dr. Ni is the Chief of the Risk, Prevention and Health Behavior Integrated Review Group at the Center for Scientific Review, NIH. He oversees ten regular and recurring study sections that provide peer reviews of applications for regular research projects, fellowships and small business and technology transfer grants, which cover a wide range of biological, psychological, cultural and social conditions and traits that affect the manifestation, prevention, treatment or management of physical and mental diseases and disorders. Prior to becoming Chief of the RPHB IRG, Dr. Ni served concurrently as the Scientific Review Officer for CSR’s Language and Communication Study Section for 12 years, the Motor Fuction, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section for 5 years, and a Referral Officer for 9 years.

Dr. Ni came to CSR from Yale University School of Medicine, where he studied speech and reading (dis)ability using functional neuroimaging, psychophysiological measurements, and computational modeling. He published findings on distinctive markers of syntactic and semantic processes in eye movement reading and brain activation patterns, as well as recovery of language deficits in aphasia through cerebral plasticity and functional connectivity. Dr. Ni completed his postdoctoral training in speech disorders at Haskins Laboratories/Yale University after earning his PhD in Psycho/Neuro Linguistics from the University of Connecticut.
NIGMSProgramNie, Zhongzhen
Program Director
Email: zhongzhen.nie@nih.gov

Zhongzhen Nie, Ph.D., is a program director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry, where he in administers research grants in ion channels, GAP junctions, structural and functional membrane proteins and lipids, and calcium signaling. Prior to joining NIGMS, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Nie earned a Bachelor of Medicine from Wannan Medical College in China and a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where he also conducted postdoctoral research prior to a research fellowship in the NCI Laboratory of Cellular Oncology.
NIDAContractsO'Laughlin, Brian

Deputy Director and Chief of the Green Contracts Management Branch
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Office of Acquisition, NIH
Email: brian.olaughlin@nih.gov

Mr. Brian O’Laughlin is the Deputy Director of the NIDA Consolidated Operations Acquisition Center (COAC). The NIDA COAC services the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Mr. O’Laughlin holds an unlimited warrant and both Contracting and Contracting Officer Representative Level III Federal Acquisition Certifications. Mr. O’Laughlin received his Masters in Public Administration from American University. He is originally from northern Delaware, where he also received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware.
NIAIDProgramRamachandra, Lakshmi

Program Officer
Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH

Dr. Lakshmi Ramachandra is a Program Officer (PO) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation (DAIT). As part of her work, she manages a portfolio of basic immunology grants as well as the Cooperative Centers on Human Immunology. She also identifies scientific gaps in research and helps write initiatives (e.g. Request for Applications (RFAs)) to address these gaps. Before joining DAIT, Dr. Ramachandra worked as a Scientific Review Officer (SRO) at the NIAID, where she organized and managed peer review meetings. Prior to joining NIAID, she was an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Ramachandra received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. She then joined the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently worked at Case Western Reserve University as a Research Associate.
Dr. Ramachandra grew up in Ghana, West Africa and loves to travel.
NINRProgramRasooly, Rebekah

Program Director Wellness: Technology and Training
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), NIH
Email: Rebekah.rasooley@nih.gov

Dr. Rebekah S. Rasooly is a Program Director at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).  There, Dr. Rasooly is the branch chief for the Wellness, Technology and Training branch in the NINR Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP).  She is an advocate and resource for applicants and investigators seeking NINR research and training grants.
Until recently, Dr. Rasooly served as the Program Director for the Genetics & Genomics Program, in the Division of Kidney, Urologic & Hematologic Diseases at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of NIH.  She joined the NIDDK in summer 2001, after serving as Deputy Branch Chief of the Genetics and Molecular Neurobiology Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for two years.  At NIDDK, she was Deputy Director of her Division for three years. Dr. Rasooly came to the NIH from academia, where she had funding from both NIH and NSF for basic research in Drosophila genetics. Dr. Rasooly was the Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at St. John’s University and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, before becoming Associate Deputy Scientific Director of the internationally known genetics database OMIM (On-line Mendelian Inheritance in Man). 

She has numerous peer-reviewed publications for both her genetics laboratory work and subsequent participation in major genetics and genomics research projects in NIH.
At NIH, Dr. Rasooly has participated in numerous major NIH initiatives, including serving as the co-Chair of the Trans-NIH Zebrafish Coordinating Committee, representing NIDDK on the trans-NIH Participant Protection and Data Management Committee that oversees sharing of large genomics datasets in dbGAP, and as the lead program director on the biobank for the All of Us program. 

Dr. Rasooly 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 Programs, developing and revising policy guidance materials.
Dr. Rasooly graduated from Harvard University in 1982, has a Ph.D. in genetics from Michigan State University, and has received numerous awards and honors, including several NIH and NIDDK Director’s awards.
FICGrantsRaychowdhury, Satabdi

Grants Management Specialist
Fogarty International Center (FIC), NIH
Email: Satabdi.raychowdhury@nih.gov
NCIProgramRead-Connole, Betsy

Program Director, Viral Oncogenesis
Cancer Etiology Section Chief
Cancer Immunology, Hematology, and Etiology Branch
Division of Cancer Biology
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH

Dr. Read-Connole received a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA, a M.S. in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She held a Cancer Research Training Fellow with the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Read-Connole is currently a Section Chief and Program Director of viral oncogenesis (viruses that cause cancer) in the Cancer Immunology, Hematology, and Etiology Branch, in the Division of Cancer Biology NCI. She also serves as the NCI representative to several NIH committees focused on AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, and Rare Disease.

Prior to graduate school she worked in several NCI laboratories studying AIDS and oncogenic viruses. Dr. Read-Connole was involved in the isolation of the retrovirus that causes AIDS, which lead to the development of the blood test for HIV detection. Her scientific contributions have been acknowledged through several honors and awards.
NIDCDProgramRivera-Rentas, Alberto

Extramural Research Training Officer
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), NIH
Email: alberto.rivera-rentas@nih.gov

Dr. Alberto Rivera‐Rentas was named the NIDCD research training officer for extramural programs in February 2015. Before joining the NIDCD, he was a program officer and the research training officer at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). He also previously served as a program director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), managing a portfolio that included investigator-initiated research development awards, institutional student development, and research training programs. He has contributed to the success of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research’s Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE) program and the prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.

Dr. Rivera‐Rentas earned his Ph.D. in biology with a concentration in neurobiology at the University of Puerto Rico.Before joining the NIH, he studied the biological, chemical, and physical factors associated with toxicological actions in the nervous system, and the role of environmental and anthropogenic factors in respiratory and neurodegenerative conditions in Puerto Rico.

With a diverse background in basic science and medicine, Dr. Rivera-Rentas has created crosscutting interdisciplinary projects in science, research, and education sponsored by a wide variety of federal agencies. He is a former member of the science advisory board of the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), affiliated with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His publications include peer-reviewed articles in neuroscience, toxicology, environmental sciences, public health, and science education.

Scientific Areas: Training and Career Development (F, T, K)

Special Funding Programs: Training and Career Development (F, T, K), Diversity Supplements, Loan Repayment Program


NCIProgramSathyamoorthy, Neeraja

Program Director
Tumor Biology & Microenvironment
Division of Cancer Biology
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: Neeraja.Sathyamoorthy@nih.gov

As a Program Director her present responsibilities include providing scientific input to Investigators during their grant preparation as well as post-review, in addition to administering NCI-funded grants in her portfolio. Her grant portfolio in the Tumor Biology & Microenvironment Branch includes research in the area of hormone-dependent cancers, progression of cancers to hormone-independence, interaction of the tumor with its microenvironment, and altered glycosylation in the development & progression of cancers.
NIGMSProgram DirectorSesma, Michael

Chief, Postdoctoral Training Branch
Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH
Email: michael.sesma@nih.gov

Michael Sesma, Ph.D., is chief of the Postdoctoral Training Branch in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. In this role, Dr. Sesma oversees postdoctoral programs for research training, postdoctoral fellowships, career development programs, as well as the Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) and research programs in training interventions. Sesma also is program officer for the Neurogenetics and Genetics of Behavior Research grant portfolio in the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Dr. Sesma began his NIH career at NIGMS in 1994 as a scientific review administrator in the NIGMS Office of Scientific Review and a program director in the Institute's Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology. He moved to the National Institute of Mental Health in 2002, where he was chief of the Research Scientist Development Program in the Office for Special Populations. He returned to NIGMS in 2012 as a branch chief in TWD.

Dr. Sesma earned his B.A. in biology and psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and the Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside. He conducted postdoctoral research at Vanderbilt University.

Prior to joining NIH, Sesma served on the faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry and the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.
NIGMSScientific ReviewSidorova, Nina

Scientific Review Officer
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH
Email: nina.sidorova@nih.gov

Nina Sidorova, Ph.D., is a Scientific Review Officer in the Office of Scientific Review, National Institute of Medical General Sciences (NIGMS) where she manages the review of research and center grant applications (predominantly Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)) in the area of biophysics, molecular biology and biochemistry. She came to NIGMS from the Program in Physical Biology (NICHD), where she was an intramural staff scientist. Before joining NIH, Dr. Sidorova was a Junior Research Scientist at the Engelhard Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Russian Academy of Sciences. She earned a B.S.-M.S. in physics from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. in biology from the Engelhard IMB. She conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health (NIDDK, CIT and NICHD).
NIAIDGrantsSullivan, Donna

Branch Chief, Grants Management Program
Grants Management Regional Section A
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH
Email: donna.sullivan@nih.gov

Donna R. Sullivan has 25 years of NIH experience to share. Previous positions include Program Analyst and Grants Management Specialist with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Approximately twelve years ago she joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and is currently one of the Branch Chief’s in the Grants Management Program (GMP) and the GMP Coordinator for the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation (DAIT). For the past few years, Donna has assisted in training the NIAID Grants Management Specialists on procedures for foreign grants and has served as a policy resource for staff, as well as, foreign grantees.
Email: donna.sullivan@nih.gov
ODPolicySutton, Jennifer
Extramural Program Policy and Evaluation Officer
Office of Extramural Research, NIH
Email: jennifer.sutton@nih.gov

Ms. Jennifer Sutton is an Extramural Program Policy and Evaluation Officer in the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce within the Office of Extramural Research. Since joining the NIH, she has held positions at the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and served as the Acting Director of the NIH Office of Evaluation. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sutton was a study director at the National Academy of Sciences, where she oversaw an NIH-sponsored study of the biomedical and behavioral research workforce. Ms. Sutton is the author of a number of papers on the research workforce, and her work has been recognized by several NIH Director’s Awards. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University, where she received a master’s degree in health policy from the School of Public Health and studied science policy at the Kennedy School of Government.
OD PolicyTimmerman, Michelle

Acting Director, NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts
Director, AREA (R15) Program
Coordinator, NIH Conference Grant Program
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Email: michelle.timmerman@nih.gov

Dr. Michelle M. Timmerman is the Acting Director of the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, Director of the AREA (R15) Program, and Coordinator of the NIH Conference Grant Program in the Office of Extramural Research in NIH’s Office of the Director. As Acting Guide Director, she ensures that all Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices comply with NIH, DHHS, and OMB policies and regulations. She also provides technical guidance on policy issues related to grant applications and extramural programs. Dr Timmerman also serves as the Director of the AREA (R15) Program, which supports student-driven research at small colleges and universities.

Before joining OER, Dr. Timmerman served for 7 years as a Scientific Review Officer at NIAID. At NIAID, she managed the review of career development awards (Ks) and training grants (T32s) by the MID standing committee, in addition to managing the review of research grants, contracts, and complex mechanisms in Special Emphasis Panels.  Prior to that, she was a regulatory reviewer of sterile drug manufacturing at the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Timmerman earned her BS in biology summa cum laude from Denison University, a small liberal arts college in central Ohio, and her PhD in microbiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and conducted postdoctoral research in bacterial pathogenesis at University of Iowa.
NICHDProgramTingen, Candace

Program Official
Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH
Email: candace.tingen@nih.gov

Candace Tingen, Ph.D., joined the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in 2015.  Her responsibilities include providing technical leadership, guidance and management of a portfolio of research grants that focus on the physiology and pathophysiology of human female reproduction and benign gynecologic diseases. Examples of research topic areas covered by this portfolio include uterine fibroids an gynecologic pain conditions. Dr. Tingen received her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Women’s Studies from Duke University and her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Teresa Woodruff at Northwestern University. Dr. Tingen’s doctoral work examined mechanisms of pre-pubertal ovarian follicle atresia and immune-cell mediated in vitro follicular growth and development. In addition to highly-cited basic research papers in the field of reproductive biology, Dr. Tingen also lead-authored several peer-reviewed articles, published in high impact journals such as Nature and Science, focused on diverse areas of health science policy, including sex equity in clinical trials and funding for gamete and embryo research.

Following her graduate work, Dr. Tingen served as Director of Research Programs in the Institute for Women’s Health Research at Northwestern University.  During this time, she managed a diverse portfolio of biomedical research grants from grantees across Illinois and coordinated the Illinois Women’s Health Registry (IWHR), a registry with over 6200 participants and 20 research investigators.  Transitioning to Federal service, Dr. Tingen was selected as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and served two years in the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).  Before coming to NICHD, she was also the Team Lead for Science Policy and Evaluation in the Office of Science Policy, Planning, Data Analysis and Reporting (OSPAR) at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).  Dr. Tingen brings to the position scientific expertise, policy experience, and a longstanding passion for women’s health.
NCCIHScientific ReviewTipton, Ashlee

Scientific Review Officer
Division of Extramural Activities
National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH
Email: ashlee.tipton@nih.gov

Ashlee Tipton, Ph.D., served as a Program Analyst in the NCCIH Division of Extramural Research from June 2015 to 2016. She joined the NCCIH Division of Extramural Activities in early 2016 as a Scientific Review Officer. Dr. Tipton has facilitated scientific review panels for fellowship and career development awards, loan repayment program, mind-body intervention R level grants, and trans-NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory – Demonstration Projects for Pragmatic Clinical Trials.

Dr. Tipton received her B.S. in biological sciences with a concentration in microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences with a concentration in vascular biology from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia.
Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Tipton worked as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering. Her postdoctoral research focused on targeted lymph node delivery of small molecule drugs using biomaterials to generate immunotherapy in rodent models of autoimmunity. As a Ph.D. student, Dr. Tipton elucidated the mechanism by which renal T cells and sex of the animal contribute to hypertension in a rodent animal model.
NIGMSGrantsTrujillo, Maricela

Grants Management Specialist
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH
Email: maricela.trujillo@nih.gov

Maricela Trujillo has over ten years of experience in the federal grants field. Five years of which have been as a Grants Management Specialist at the NIH. Her journey with the NIH began at the National Cancer Institute and currently she is a Grants Management Specialist at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. She has a solid grants management foundation through various grants related trainings and experience with a multitude of grant mechanisms to include fellowships, career development awards (CDAs), research project grants, small business research project grants, and large multi-project grants. She is involved with the administrative aspects of the entire grant life cycle from pre-award to post-award to grant close out.
NCIGrantsTucker, Avery

Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Administration
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: avery.tucker@nih.gov

Ms. Avery Tucker is responsible for administratively evaluating NCI grant proposals- negotiating, awarding, and reviewing grant project requests for appropriateness and ensuring that awardees are in compliance with established administrative/financial policies, procedures, and sound business practices. She has been with the NCI’s Office of Grants Administration since March of 2017, and has a diverse portfolio with emphasis on NRSA Training and Fellowship grants.
NIMHProgramVan't Veer, Ashlee

Program Officer
Office of Research Training and Career Development
Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH
Email: ashlee.vantveer@nih.gov

Dr. Ashlee Van’t Veer is a Program Officer in the Office of Research Training and Career Development at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In this position, she supports research training at the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and early-stage investigator levels to ensure that a sufficient number of highly trained research investigators will be available to address basic research questions pertinent to mental health and mental illnesses. She also contributes to NIH-wide efforts related to research training and career development including the Blueprint for Neuroscience Research and the BRAIN initiative.

Dr. Van’t Veer received her BA in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Rutgers University and her PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard Medical School where she was supported by a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. She received postdoctoral training as a research fellow at McLean Hospital focusing on the role of stress in the etiology and maintenance of mental illnesses. Prior to her position at the NIMH, she served as a program analyst at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
ashlee.vantveer@nih.gov
NIDCRProgramWang, Chiayeng

Director, Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Biology Program
Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases Branch
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Email: chiayeng.wang@nih.gov

Dr. Chiayeng Wang currently serves as the Director of Oral, and Head and Neck Cancer Biology Program at the Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases Branch, NIDCR. She received her Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry from University of Calgary followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular/Cell Biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wang joined NIH after 21 years with the University of Illinois-Chicago where she was a professor involved in teaching and research. Her research program focused on investigating the role of growth factor signaling network in early embryogenesis and the role of chromosomal translocations in pediatric cancer development. She has acquired extensive experience in writing and reviewing grant applications for private and federal funding agencies.

Prior to coming to NIDCR, Dr. Wang served as a NIH scientific review officer in the Surgical Sciences, Biomedical Imaging, and Biomedical (SBIB) Integrated Review Group at the Center for Scientific Review.
NCIGrantsWolfrey, Crystal

Director and Chief Grants Management Officer
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: crystal.wolfrey@nih.gov

Crystal Wolfrey is the Director of the Office of Grants Administration and the Chief Grants Management Officer for the National Cancer Institute. She joined the NCI in January 1987, and has served in a variety of roles, including as a Grants Management Specialist and a special grants expert for clinical trials. She has also served as a Team Leader and a Branch Chief, as well as the OGA Deputy Director. Prior to joining the NCI, she was a program specialist in the Scholars-in-Residence Program at the Fogarty International Center. Crystal is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in marketing research.
NIDDKScientific ReviewWoynarowska, Barbara

Chief, Training and Mentored Research Section
Grant Review Branch

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH

Email: Barbara.woynarowska@nih.gov

Barbara Woynarowska, Ph.D., is chief of the Training and Mentored Research Section in the Grant Review Branch at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). In this role, Dr. Woynarowska oversees six regular and recurring review groups that evaluate scientific merit of applications for fellowships, individual career development, and institutional training grants in various scientific areas of interests to NIDDK.  She also serves as the Scientific Review Officer for the Chartered NIH-NIDDK, Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases Subcommittee.

Dr. Woynarowska received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Technical University of Gdansk, Poland. She completed postdoctoral research in molecular pharmacology at Roswell Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. Prior to joining NIDDK, she was a faculty at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science San Antonio, where she studied mechanism of action of novel anti-tumor agents.
NCIProgramYassin, Rihab

Program Director
Division of Cancer Biology-CCBB
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: rahib.yassin@nih.gov
NCIProgramZanetti, Krista

Program Director
Genomic Epidemiology Branch
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Email: krista.zanetti@nih.gov