Dr. Paul Barrett joined the Common Fund in the Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC) in 2016 as a Health Specialist. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemistry from SUNY Binghamton, Dr. Barrett worked as a laboratory technician at SUNY Stony Brook in a clinical research lab looking for novel, non-invasive biomarkers in bladder, prostate, and kidney cancers from human patients. Dr. Barrett continued his research career at Vanderbilt University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. His work utilized nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and other biochemical and biophysical assays to study the structure and function of membrane proteins and lipids in Alzheimer’s disease. He then served as a Post-Doctoral Associate at the University of Pittsburgh where he investigated how protein/protein interactions disrupt mitochondrial function and contribute to neuronal death in Parkinson’s disease using in vitro and in vivo model systems. He now works as a policy, planning, communication, and evaluation specialist for several NIH Common Fund programs.