Candace Tingen, Ph.D.

Program Official

Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH


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.

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