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.