Rebekah Rasooly, Ph.D.

Program Director, Wellness: Technology and Training

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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.  She is a recognized NIH resource on issues related to human biospecimen repositories. For several years, she worked on a part-time basis on program policy issues in the NIH Office of Extramural 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.

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