Anastasiya Hardison is the Customer Relationship Manager and Product Owner for several grants administration services including, Prior Approval, xTrain, and Financial Conflict Of Interest (FCOI), in the National Institutes of Health’s division of electronic Research Administration (eRA). Anastasiya began her career with eRA at the service desk providing support for eRA Commons and eSubmission users. She was quickly promoted to become a liaison between end users and development teams defining and implementing system requirements. Anastasiya is an alumna of Towson University where she holds a Bachelor of Science.electronic Research Administration (eRA)
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Ms. Amy Mistretta is a Health Science Policy Officer within the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health. She is primarily responsible for the publication of Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, ensuring all announcements follow NIH and DHHS policies. She also provides guidance on policy development and implementation at NIH. Previously, Mrs. Mistretta was an epidemiologist with the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the NIH. In this role, Mrs. Mistretta led research initiatives on the health and wellness of women in America from a national perspective. Before joining the NIH, Amy was a program manager in the pediatric oncology department at Emory University.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Mrs. Mistretta earned her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and health policy from Georgia State University.
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Dr. Bart Trawick has worked at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)/National Library of Medicine (NLM) since 2000. He is currently the Director of the Customer Services Division at NCBI. He was in charge of developing and running the NIHMS at its inception in 2005, when the voluntary NIH Public Access Policy was announced. Since that time, over 500,000 author manuscripts have been processed and archived in PubMed Central. He oversees development of My NCBI, which includes the tools SciENcv and My Bibliography. Researchers can use SciENcv to quickly fill out an NIH biosketch profile and My Bibliography to store their supported citations and associate them with awards for reporting on the RPPR.National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Office of Acquisition, NIH
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.Contact Information
Scientific Review Branch
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, and for 2 years he was co-Chair of the SRO Technical and Competencies Subcommittee (STCS). Dr. Hoshaw is currently the Acting Chief of the Scientific Review Branch at the National Eye Institute. His review load covers training grants and clinical trial applications, as well as applications submitted to RFAs for NEI.
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Brian Haugen, Ph.D. is the Director of the Division of Analysis Tools and Systems, Office of Research Information Services, Office of Extramural Research, Office of the NIH Director. He oversees the NIH RePORT, RePORTER, QVR, and iRePORT programs on behalf of NIH. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist for Analysis and Evaluation at the Eunice Kennedy Schriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where he led data management and data analytic projects for the National Children’s Study.
Brian first joined NIH in 2007 as an at-large Presidential Management Fellow, completing rotations across the NIH in information technology, contracts, review, policy, and scientific programs. He received a PhD in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he focused on urinary tract pathogenesis by Escherichia coli, and his undergraduate degree in biology from Bemidji State University in far northern Minnesota.Contact Information
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Mr. Bryan S. Clark leads the Grants Management Branch (GMB) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), serving as the Chief Grants Management Officer (CGMO). Prior to his current position, Mr. Clark served as Chief GMO at the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Prior to that, he held various positions in Grants Management since 1989, including the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Mr. Clark received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1988 and his Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland in 1996. Mr. Clark received the NIH Merit Award in 1998, 2009, 2012 and 2015-2017 for various activities including successful management of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and most recently for his efforts on the Zika Rapid Response Committee. In addition, Mr. Clark has served as the GMAC Vision Chair and also served as the Chair of the NIH Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) Committee.Contact Information
Ms. Cynthia Dwyer serves as a coordinator of the NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration for the Office of Extramural Research’s Division of Communications and Outreach. In addition, she is responsible for coordinating other OER outreach activities and the development of resources for the extramural research community.
Ms. Dwyer began her career with NIH in 2000 as a Grants Management Specialist for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where she served for five years. In 2005, she moved to the NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) where she served as a Grants Policy Officer prior to joining OER’s communications office. Ms. Dwyer obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Texas, her teaching degree from University of Missouri-St Louis, and Master of Arts in School Administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Prior to her career with the NIH, Ms. Dwyer taught grade school, wrote grants for her school district, served as a regional customer service trainer and manager for a major retail chain, and published a travel magazine of Central Missouri.
Dr. Cathleen Cooper is the Director, Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR) at the Center for Scientific Review. She came to this position after serving as Chief of the Oncology 1: Basic Translational Integrated Review Group for several years. Earlier in her NIH career, she spent eight years as a Scientific Review Officer for CSR’s Experimental Immunology and Transplantation, Tolerance, and Tumor Immunology study sections as well as a Referral Officer in DRR. Dr. Cooper earned a Ph.D. in pathology at the University of Southern California where she studied naturally occurring delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions to mycobacteria. She did her postdoctoral training in molecular immunology at Columbia University then went to the University of Massachusetts Medical School as an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and the Cancer Center. There, she led a research team studying the molecular regulation of early events in hematopoietic development with special emphasis on B lymphocyte and neutrophil differentiation. Her work was funded by NIH, American Cancer Society, and private foundations.
Division of Extramural Technology and Resources
Carolyn Mosby is a Program Analyst within the Division of Extramural Technology and Resources in the Office of Extramural Research (OER). She joined OER after serving as a Program Assistant to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), a Federal Advisory Committee within the Office of Science Policy (OSP), Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA). While there, Carolyn planned and coordinated meetings and teleconferences, and provided assistance to high level voting members and non-voting ex officio members from 15 federal agencies and departments. She worked with the Health Science Policy Analyst by scheduling site visits to NIH grantee institutions. She also assessed reports of institutional laboratory research related accidents and violations of policy provided in NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules. Carolyn also worked with the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) maintaining information related to scientific protocols using the Genetic Modification Clinical Research Information System (GeMCRIS) database.
Prior to working in OSP, Carolyn worked in the Office of Technology Transfer Office (OTT), where she served as the Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) Coordinator. Carolyn contributed substantively to two CRADA Review Working Groups to develop an electronic process that led to dramatically reduced process times and a measurable reduction in errors.
National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
Christine Pfund, Ph.D. is a senior scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). Dr. Pfund earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, followed by post-doctoral research in Plant Pathology, both at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Pfund’s work focuses on developing, implementing, documenting, and studying interventions to optimize research mentoring relationships across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Dr. Pfund co-authored the original Entering Mentoring curriculum and co-authored many papers documenting the effectiveness of this approach. Dr. Pfund is the principal investigator of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Coordination Center. She is also director of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experience in Research at UW-Madison (CIMER). She is a member of the National Academies committee that recently published the consensus report and online guide, The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM.
Chief Grants Management Officer
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
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.Contact Information
Senior Regulatory Specialist
Innovator Support Team Lead, SEED (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development)
Office of Extramural Research, NIH
Dr. Sasiela has over a decade of experience providing support and consultation to academic innovators and small businesses engaged in therapeutic, device, and diagnostic development programs. As the Innovator Support Team Lead in SEED (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development) in the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health, Chris coordinates the activities of a team of seasoned professionals with experience in product and business strategy, business development, fundraising, partnerships, reimbursement, and regulatory affairs. Chris is passionate about enabling NIH’s innovator community to progress their discoveries as far as science and human biology permit. Starting her career as a researcher, Chris worked in basic research at the University of Southern California and the University of Maryland, and in drug discovery, development, and improvement groups at Baxter, the Department of the Army, and the National Cancer Institute. Chris transitioned from a research to a regulatory career path via an Interagency Oncology Taskforce Fellowship at the US Food and Drug Administration. Continuing her regulatory career path at Social & Scientific Systems, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Chris deepened her experience working with product development researchers understand, develop, and execute regulatory plans to get their innovative technologies from ideas to first-in-human and beyond. She regularly conducts project-focused consultations, delivers educational seminars, and develops regulatory resources for internal and external audiences. Dr. Sasiela earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Whittier College, a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy, and has maintained Regulatory Affairs Certification status from the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society since 2011.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH
Dennis A. Twombly, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of Extramural Policy at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). In this position, he is involved in developing and interpreting NIH grant policies and in administering the institute’s extramural funding programs. He is also NICHD’s Training Officer, overseeing various types of training awards including NRSA fellowships, career development awards, institutional training programs (T32 and K12), and education grants (R25). Dr. Twombly is Chair of NICHD’s Training Policy Committee and co-Chair of the NIH-wide Training Advisory Committee (TAC).
Dr. Twombly received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the UCLA Brain Research Institute, with primary focus on the neurophysiology of epilepsy. Prior to joining the NIH, he held a faculty position at Northwestern University School of Medicine (Chicago) in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology. He was Principal Investigator of a variety of NIH research project grants on mechanisms of action of antiepileptic drugs, effects of alcohol on neuronal ion channels and receptors, and mechanisms of alcohol and aging in cardiac ventricular myocytes. Dr. Twombly came to NIH in 2001, serving for 9 years as Program Director of Neurophysiology & Pharmacology at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). He assumed his current position at NICHD in 2009. Along with his scientific and administrative activities, Dr. Twombly has played a major role at NIH in organizing various science education and outreach activities for middle-school and high school students and other members of the public.
Ms. Dawn Corbett is the NIH Inclusion Policy Officer in the Office of Extramural Research’s Office (OER), 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 OER, 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 School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Office of Extramural Research (OER)
Ms. Emily Linde is the Director of the Grants Management Program for the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). She has been in grants management at the National Institutes of Health for 19 years. Prior to joining NIAID, Ms. Linde worked several other institutes, including in the Office of the Director (OD) in the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA); the National Cancer Institute (NCI); and the Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)
Ericka Boone, Ph.D. is the Director of the NIH Division of Loan Repayment. In this role, Dr. Boone is responsible for administering and providing leadership for the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) as well as representing NIH on matters related to the operations, policy development and evaluation of the LRP. Previous to this position, Dr. Boone served as a Health Scientist Administrator in the Office of Science Policy and Communications at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. There she developed and targeted science-based publications, outreach initiatives and other activities to educate a variety of audiences about the science of drug use, abuse and addiction. For her role in these efforts, Dr. Boone has won several NIDA Director’s Awards of Merit and an NIH Director’s Award. Prior to coming to NIH, Dr. Boone conducted research at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Emory University. Dr. Boone’s academic background includes a B.A. in Biology from Talladega College and a Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University.Division of Loan Repayment
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Dr. Elyse Sullivan is part of the Strategic Communications team within the Division of Communications and Outreach (DCO), and also serves as Clinical Trials Program Manager within the Office of Extramural Research (OER). In her communications capacity, Dr. Sullivan helps disseminate important grants process and policy information by developing websites, blogs, newsletters, and multimedia training tools. Dr. Sullivan also contributes to legislative responses and inquiries from the media on behalf of OER. As Clinical Trial Program Manager, Dr. Sullivan is intimately involved in the planning, implementation, and communication of reforms and policy changes for human subjects and clinical trial research. Dr. Sullivan received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she studied translational electrophysiological biomarkers in schizophrenia.Contact
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Dr. Jade Blevins is the Customer Relationship Manager and Product Owner for several grants administration services and eRA projects including, Request for Additional Materials (RAM), Certificate of Confidentiality, Federal Financial Report transition to use of the Payment Management System and Partner Agency functionalities within the National Institutes of Health’s division of electronic Research Administration (eRA). Jade began her career with OER as a Scientific Information Analyst in the Division of Categorization and Analysis. She moved to eRA as a product owner for the Research Condition and Disease Categorization team and from there was reassigned to the Human Subjects System and now the Commons team where she is a liaison between end users and development teams defining and implementing system requirements. Jade is an alumna of the University of Maryland Baltimore where she holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Dr. Jodi Black is the Deputy Director of the NIH Office of Extramural Research, where she leads and supports development of innovative initiatives, program and grants management policy and processes, and the small business and extramural technology development programs. In her career, she has developed, implemented, and managed large, diverse, multidisciplinary scientific programs in areas including infectious diseases, cancer and genomics and has developed strategic alliances between academic, healthcare and commercial organizations to leverage resources and capacity across institutions to enhance the translation of innovative technologies from the bench to the market to enhance health. Dr. Black earned a PhD in pathology and a Masters of Medical Science in infectious diseases from Emory University.Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Joe Schumaker is an eRA Communication Specialist for the Office of Extramural Research. Joe joined the team in November 2011. Previous to this, Joe was the Director of Services for a small IT consulting company based out of Decatur GA. As such, he travelled extensively around the country and Canada implementing, consulting on, and customizing a communications and collaborative solution called FirstClass. His current responsibilities for eRA include communications about the status of eRA Commons, writing the NIH's eRA Items of Interests articles, and the development and production of tutorial videos on various aspects of the grant process. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Stetson University and a Master’s of Science Education from the University of Florida.Division of Communications and Outreach (DCO)
Systems Policy Branch
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Joel Snyderman is a Systems Policy Analyst in OER’s Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA), Systems Policy Branch, where he represents NIH on policy initiatives at the HHS and Federal-wide levels to ensure the successful implementation of critical systems and compliance requirements across NIH. He joined OPERA in 2010 as an Assistant Grants Compliance Officer, after working for the NIH Office of Management Assessment, where he investigated allegations of grant fraud, waste, and abuse. Mr. Snyderman began his Federal career as an Analyst with the Dallas Audit Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.Contact Information
NIH Extramural Data Sharing Policy Officer
Mr. J.P. Kim serves as an SBIR/STTR Program Manager and NIH Extramural Data Sharing Policy Officer in the NIH Office of Extramural Programs (OEP), under the Office of Extramural Research (OER), under the Office of the Director (OD), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Prior to joining the NIH SBIR/STTR team, J.P. served as Director & Policy Officer of the Division of Extramural Inventions & Technology Resources in OPERA/OER for over 9 years. His responsibilities included working with the extramural community and developing, implementing, and providing policy guidance, oversight, education/training, and day-to-day management on extramural invention reporting, iEdison, and data sharing/management under NIH extramural funding agreements (including under SBIR awards). Prior to joining the extramural program under OER, J.P. worked in the NIH Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) under the Office of Intramural Research (OIR). Among his duties at OTT, J.P. served as a Senior Technology Licensing Specialist and Patent Advisor on inventions arising from the NIH intramural research program, negotiating technology licensing agreements that generated over $300 million in royalties for the NIH. He has over 30 years of experience working with patents and other intellectual property matters for businesses, universities, and other organizations. In addition to J.P.’s duties under the NIH SBIR/STTR programs which includes special expertise on SBIR IP issues, J.P. also works on NIH’s extramural data sharing/management policy and implementation matters. J.P. has also worked as a researcher at private companies and in the academic sector, as well as at national, international, and local intellectual property law firms working on patent, trademark, copyright, and international trade matters. J.P. received his J.D. and M.B.A. in International Business and International Marketing, an M.Sc. in Biotechnology, an M.P.P. in Health Policy with an additional certification in the Nonprofit Sector, and an M.A. in Liberal Studies with a thesis on the bioethics of human cloning, a B.Sc. in Zoology (Chemistry m.), and a B.A. in Psychology, as well as further graduate study in Genetics and Sustainability Leadership for a greener world. He earned degrees from Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, the University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University. J.P. is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is also registered to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade (USCIT), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), and the U.S. Supreme Court, among other courts.
National Institutes of Health
John Sullivan has been a leader in healthcare technology innovation throughout his career, with extensive experience in operating, investing in, developing and acquiring market-leading businesses.
Prior to the NIH, John worked with healthcare leaders such as Cardinal Health (VP, Strategy and Business Development) and Boston Scientific. He was a Partner with Foundation Medical Partners, a national healthcare venture capital firm with financial backing from the Cleveland Clinic. He also helped to start Molecular Staging Inc., a biotechnology tools company spun out of Yale University School of Medicine. Working with Yale University founders, he helped grow the company to over 100 employees, develop its product and service lines, and ultimately sell the company to Qiagen, a global life sciences company. He has served on the boards of directors of Semprus Biosciences (acquired, Teleflex), Coapt Systems (acquired, MicroAire), KEW Group, and Direct Flow Medical and held board observer roles at BridgePoint Medical (acquired, Boston Scientific) and Explorys (acquired, IBM).
John earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering degree with distinction from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Kasima Garst is a Systems Policy Analyst in the OER’s Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) Systems Policy Branch. She represents NIH on systems policy initiatives at the HHS and Federal-wide levels and works with key NIH stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of critical systems, policies, and compliance requirements across the NIH. Prior to joining OPERA in 2019, Mrs. Garst was a Grants Management Officer at the NIH Fogarty International Center and a Grants Management Specialist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College and a Master of Forensic Sciences degree in Forensic Molecular Biology from the George Washington University.
Division of Grants Policy
Kristin Ta joined the Division of Grants Policy as a Grants Policy Analyst. She has been with NIH for over 7 years, most recently serving as a Senior Program Analyst in the Office of Management Assessment, Division of Program Integrity, where she led reviews of allegations of misuse of NIH grant and contract funds and employee misconduct. Prior to that, Kristin worked as a post-award administrator in the Department of Biochemistry at George Washington University. Kristin studied Health and Societies and Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and has an MPH in Health Promotion from George Washington University.Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Division of Grants Compliance and Oversight (DGCO)
Laura Gray is an Assistant Compliance Officer within the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA). Laura has over 15 years of public health experience working with international and domestic health organizations. She has worked with policy-level officials throughout government on a variety of health initiatives. Laura has been recognized at NIH for her financial and regulatory monitoring of Other Transactions awards for the flagship All of Us research program and for managing a complex and highly sensitive grant portfolio. She holds Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
electronic Research Administration (eRA),
Dr. Laurie Roman is the Customer Relations Manager and Product Owner for eSubmissions, Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) and CRIMS at eRA. She received her PhD in Cell Biology at Yale University School of Medicine studying epithelial cell polarity. Dr. Roman also has a MBA from the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University, Maryland. She did postdoctoral studies at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg Germany, and was a Howard Hughes fellow at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Prior to coming to NIH in 2004, Dr. Roman was on the faculty at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute where her lab focused on understanding the factors controlling neural crest cell development. Before joining eRA in April 2016, she was an Associate Director in the Division of Receipt and Referral at the Center for Scientific Review.Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Grants Administration Branch
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH
Lisa Moeller, CRA is a Supervisory Grants Management Officer in the Grants Administration Branch at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Her 25 years of experience as a research administrator includes pre- and post-award experience with NRSA institutional training grants and fellowships. NIGMS supports over 4000 NRSA pre- and postdoctoral trainees annually through fellowships (F’s) and institutional training grants (T’s), equal to approximately twenty-five percent of the overall NIH Kirschstein-NRSA budget. Prior to joining NIH in 2000, Lisa worked at the American Red Cross Jerome H. Holland Laboratory as a research administrator at the departmental level and later as the Manager of the Sponsored Programs Office.Contact
Lyndi Lahl is a Human Subjects Officer in the Division of Human Subjects Research (DHSR), Office of Extramural Research (OER). Ms. Lahl provides expertise and guidance in the areas of policy implementation and development for human subjects research. Ms. Lahl has served as an IRB member since 2013. Prior to joining DHSR, Ms. Lahl served as a Policy Health Specialist with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), Division of AIDS, as a Public Health Analyst with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and as a Research Nurse Specialist with the Intramural Division of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Ms Lahl received her BSN and M.S in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and a Certificate of Achievement from American University, School of Public Affairs, Key Executive Leader Program.
Ms. 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:
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.Office of Extramural Research, NIH
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Matt leads the newly-formed SEED Office to accelerate NIH-funded biomedical innovations from bench to bedside. SEED supports a comprehensive translational research ecosystem that includes a national network of academic proof-of-concept centers and a small business program that invests over $1 billion annually in a portfolio of more than 1500 life science companies. SEED also provides technical and entrepreneurial advisory services and builds relationships with business, finance, and healthcare stakeholders to ensure these innovations will impact patients’ lives. Matt has a diverse background in academia, biomedical small business, congressional policy, and NIH program development and management. He served as the director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination and created and led the National Eye Institute’s Office of Translational Research. His previous experience also includes service as the principal scientist for the bionic eye company Second Sight Medical Products and as a staff member on both the United States Senate and House of Representatives committees responsible for science, technology, and innovation policy. Matt holds a B.S. in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a M.A and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
As Communications Director, Ms. Megan Columbus is responsible for leading strategic planning and communication activities pertinent to the management of NIH’s extramural program. She enjoys connecting scientists and administrators to information and tools in support of their research programs, helping the broader public learn how NIH-supported research contributes to health advances, and supporting the ongoing dialog between NIH and the research community. Ms. Columbus’ office is responsible for the NIH Grants and Funding website, the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, the Extramural Nexus newsletter and “Open Mike” blog, eRA system communications, the Grants Info service desk, and a host of other resources. She especially enjoys her outreach responsibilities, which includes putting on events like the NIH Regional Seminars. As Program Manager for Electronic Applications, Ms. Columbus is responsible for ensuring that policy changes, technical development and business process changes move forward together to allow for the smooth submission of grant applications.Division of Communications and Outreach (DCO)
Mercedes Rubio, a program director in the Division of Clinical Innovation, manages a portfolio of Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program grants. Prior to joining NCATS, Rubio was a program director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), where she managed the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program; the National Research Mentoring Network of the NIH Common Fund’s Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce Initiative; the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards; and the Research to Understand and Inform Interventions that Promote the Research Careers of Individuals in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences portfolios. She also served as a program officer in the NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Program.
Prior to her tenure at NIGMS, Rubio was chief of the Psychopathology Risk and Protective Factors Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and was assistant director of that Institute’s Individual Research Fellowship Program. Rubio worked on the Physician–Scientist Workforce Report and managed the NIH Loan Repayment Program at NIMH and NIGMS.
Rubio holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Bakersfield, and a doctorate in medical sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she also completed postdoctoral training in nursing in the area of HIV intervention and health disparities.
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Michael Lauer, M.D., is the Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the Director of the NIH on all matters relating to the substance, quality, and effectiveness of the NIH extramural research program and administration. He received education and training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Albany Medical College, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and the NHLBI’s Framingham Heart Study. He spent 14 years at Cleveland Clinic as Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics. During his tenure at the Clinic, he led a federally funded internationally renowned clinical epidemiology program that applied big data from large-scale electronic health platforms to questions regarding the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease. From 2007 to 2015 he served as a Division Director at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), where promoted efforts to leverage big data infrastructure to enable high-efficiency population and clinical research and efforts to adopt a research funding culture that reflected data-driven policy. He has received numerous awards including the NIH Equal Employment Opportunity Award of the Year and the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Exceptional Federal Service in recognition of his efforts to grow a culture of learning and accountability.Director, Office of Extramural Research, NIH
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH
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. Dr. Sesma is also a program officer for the Genetics of Behavior and Circadian Biology 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 Office of Scientific Review and as a program director in the institute’s Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology. In 2002, he moved to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 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.
Michelle G. Bulls is the Director of the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) with policy and compliance oversight for the 24 Institutes and Centers grants management offices within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Michelle provides national leadership and oversight in the business and financial management of the federal assistance biomedical research programs supported by NIH. Michelle has over 20 years of grants administration experience and is well respected Federal-wide for her grants policy expertise. She continues to lead HHS and Federal-wide efforts in drafting and implementing financial assistance regulations and policies. She currently serves on the Council of Financial Assistance Reform working group where she champions grants management streamlining and reformation efforts across the Federal government.Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Michelle R.J. Hamlet, Ph.D., started working at NIH in 2006 as the first Training Program Coordinator at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). In that capacity she oversaw existing and developed new training programs and opportunities, most notably the NHGRI Health Disparities Research Fellowship and the first NIH Community College Day, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Dr. Hamlet then served as Program Director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) in the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology where she oversaw basic research and postdoctoral training portfolios in cell cycle regulation and the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity, where she oversaw undergraduate and graduate student programs (Bridges to Baccalaureate and Bridges to Doctorate). Dr. Hamlet currently works at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) where she serves as a Program Director for Symptom Science and Genetics overseeing a clinical and pre-clinical portfolio focused on symptom biology, symptom assessment/recognition, and symptom clusters. Dr. Hamlet earned a B.S.L.A. in French from Georgetown University, a master’s in zoology at Howard University, and a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University. Dr. Hamlet conducted postdoctoral research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Ms. Anderson serves as a Senior Advisor for Public Health Education in the Division of Education and Development of the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).
Prior to joining OHRP, Ms. Anderson was a Senior Policy and Research Analyst at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, where she served as staff lead for the Bioethics Commission’s educational materials and for both volumes of the Bioethics Commission’s Gray Matters report on neuroscience and ethics. She holds an M.S. in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Science Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Microbiology from Clemson University.
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW),
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
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.Contact
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Mr. Omar McCrimmon, a native Washingtonian, is the Division of Loan Repayment’s Communications and Outreach Specialist. He joins DLR with over six years of experience in health/science communications. Prior to joining the DLR, Omar spent five years at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) where he managed media relations, social media, and the exhibit program. From there, he moved to the Alzheimer’s Association where he played a role in managing public policy, and diversity program media relations. Omar holds a B.A. in Journalism from Norfolk State University, and a M.A. from Trinity University.Division of Loan Repayment
P. Kay Lund is Director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce and the NIH Extramural Research Training Officer in the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She provides leadership for development, implementation, policy and evaluation of extramural programs related to research training, career development and diversity of the biomedical research workforce, including institutional training grants, individual pre- and postdoctoral fellowships and Career Development (K) awards. Recent emphasis has been on innovative strategies to recruit, retain and accelerate independence for early stage physician/clinician scientists, including new Institutional Research in Residency programs with opportunities for Transitional Scholar K awards during fellowship (Academic Medicine. 2017, 92:1382). Dr. Lund is Chair of the NIH Training Advisory Committee (TAC), a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) working group on Workforce Diversity and works closely with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).
Dr. Lund joined NIH from a career in academia including appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she held a Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professorship. Throughout her entire career, she partnered with clinician investigators. Her research leading to more than 200 publications focused on the glucagon-like peptides (GLPs), insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) and insulin family including basic molecular biology, gene structure and regulation and roles in intestinal epithelial renewal, regeneration, inflammatory bowel diseases and early stage cancer. Most recently, prior to her position at NIH, she studied roles of these mediators specifically in intestinal stem cells and early precancerous lesions.
Dr. Lund mentored many undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and early stage faculty, both Ph.D. and clinician scientists a majority of whom are succeeding as independent researchers. She has received many awards a subset of which include: Award for the Advancement of Women, the Davenport award from American Physiological Society and the 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award from the American Gastroenterology Association. She recently received an NIH Directors Award for contributions to clinical trials policy in NIH training, fellowship and Career Development (K) awards. She is committed to optimizing training, career development, diversity and sustained and productive scientific and research careers for trainees, fellows and early stage investigators as well as their mentors.
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Pamela Reed Kearney, M.D. is the Director of the Division of Human Subjects Research within the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER). Prior to joining OER in February of 2019, she was the Deputy Chair of the Combined Neurosciences (CNS) IRB in the Intramural program for approximately a decade. In this capacity she sat on three, and at times four, duly constituted IRBs - chairing one and serving as the vice chair of the others. She graduated with Distinction from The George Washington School of Medicine and completed an Otolaryngology Residency at the George Washington University. She was a Neurolaryngology Clinical Fellow with National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in the Medical Neurology Branch’s Laryngeal and Speech Section (LSS), and later served as the Staff Clinician of the section. She has worked clinically at the George Washington University, Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital and the NIH Clinical Center.Contact
Dr. Valdez serves at the NIH Extramural Research Integrity Officer in the Office of Extramural Programs (OEP), in the Office of Extramural Research (OER). In this role, she is responsible for training NIH Extramural staff and Research Integrity Officers on handling allegations of research misconduct in NIH-funded extramural activities and for performing the initial review and referral of allegations to the appropriate oversight agencies. Prior to joining the OER, Dr. Valdez was the Manager of Publication Ethics for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) where she handled all allegations of scientific misconduct in ASBMB journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Dr. Valdez received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley where she studied T cell development. She carried out her Postdoctoral training in the Immunology Discovery department at Genentech, where she focused on both basic research and pre-clinical drug development. Dr. Valdez continued her research as an NIH Intramural Staff Scientist in the NIAID Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Disease.
Division of Assurances, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Paula Knapp serves as an Animal Welfare Policy Scientist in the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to Assurance responsibilities she currently is the OLAW liaison and program project leader for the Animal Welfare Assurance System database development. Prior to joining OLAW in 2005, Paula was a Compliance Specialist for the intramural program at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and an IACUC Coordinator and Protocol Analyst at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at Lebanon Valley College and became board certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in Clinical Laboratory Medicine in 2000.Contact Information
Mr. Philip Smith is an Assistant Compliance Officer within the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA). Prior to joining OPERA, Philip was a Grants Management Specialist at the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for 6 years. Philip also has worked in the accounting field in the area of reinsurance for a large financial services company. He has received his BS in Business Administration with a specialization in International Business from the University of Baltimore and his MS in Accounting and Business Advisory Services from University of Baltimore & Towson University Joint Master’s Program.
Health Science Policy Analyst
Division of Biomedical Research Workforce
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Pritty Joshi is a Health Science Policy Analyst in the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW) within the Office of Extramural Research (OER), where she leads data analyses to support fellowship, training, and career development programs and policies. In previous roles within OER, she provided oversight for evaluations of trans-NIH policies and co-coordinated the office’s responses to inquiries from the Department of Health and Human Services and Congress.
Pritty joined the NIH in 2011, as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow in The Cancer Genome Atlas Program Office at the National Cancer Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University.
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
Mr. Robert Vinson serves as a Program Manager for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR/STTR Program in the Office of Extramural Programs, Office of Extramural Research (OER). In this role he is responsible for providing resources to Federal staffers and access to critical information for the small business community seeking early-stage Federal funding. His duties include serving as the Contracting Officer’s Representative for the NIH Niche Assessment Program and the Commercialization Accelerator Program. These programs provide technical assistance, market analysis, and commercialization guidance for NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I and Phase II awardees. Rob is also the OER Task Manager for the NIH Performance Outcomes Data System.
Before joining the SBIR/STTR Program Office, he was a Senior Grants Policy Analyst at the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (NHLBI). In that role, he managed initiatives and special projects on a variety of grants and administrative policy issues. Rob had been with NHLBI since 1993 where his career began as a Grants Management Specialist and rose to the positions of Team Leader, Grants Management Officer, and Branch Chief. Prior to joining NIH, Rob was a commercial loan officer, with an emphasis on small business development and community revitalization.
Dr. Roger Sorensen is a Program Official in the Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He provides management and direction of a basic biomedical research grant portfolio that seeks to identify the biological actions of psychoactive drugs on the function and structure of the brain and nervous system, especially those actions that contribute to the behavioral changes leading to substance abuse and addiction. He also manages the Pathways to Independence Award [K99/R00] program in basic research for NIDA. Dr. Sorensen’s scientific interests are in understanding the neurobiology and neural circuitry that support alcohol and drug abuse, and other addictive behaviors. Dr. Sorensen received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a M.P.A. in healthcare management and policy from Rutgers University-Camden, NJ. Prior to joining the NIH, he held a faculty position at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Dr. Sorensen came to the NIH in 2000 as a Program Official for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and joined NIDA in 2007. He contributes to various programs and planning activities across the NIH including the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience and BRAIN Initiative programs.
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 violations of peer review integrity. Before joining OER, she served as the Scientific Review Officer for the genome study section and subsequently as the inaugural Chief of the Bioengineering Sciences and Technology Integrated Review Group in the Center for Scientific Review. 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.Office of Extramural Research (OER) , NIH
Division of Customer Support Services
Scarlett is currently the Lead Customer Relationship Manager for the eRA External Services Team. This team includes the eRA effort in Commons as well as eSubmission and Business to Business systems. Prior to this position Scarlett managed the eRA Helpdesk during the electronic submission effort timeframe, where trouble calls and emails are received from both internal and external users of eRA systems. She has been with the eRA program for 8 years. Ms. Gibb has been employed with the Federal government in a variety of positions for the past twenty five years. Prior to working on the eRA project she worked at the Center for Scientific Review where she started her career as a grants technical assistant, then moved into the information technology field. She has studied at Montgomery College, UDC and Trinity College in Washington, DC, where she received her bachelor’s degree in business management.Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
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.Office of Extramural Research, NIH
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.National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
Sheri Cummins joined NIH in 2008 as a Customer Relationship Manager for the electronic Research Administration (eRA) program focusing on eRA’s external services including eRA Commons and Electronic Application Submission. While working in eRA, she led many projects including the implementation of NIH's web-based ASSIST system for grant application preparation and submission. In 2013, she moved to the Division of Communications and Outreach for the NIH Office of Extramural Research where she is responsible for grants process communications and leads the Grants Information support team. Prior to coming to NIH, she worked for GE Global Exchange Services for 13 years in various roles including people and project management, communications, customer support and client advocacy. She was also the owner/operator of a small retail business. Ms. Cummins is an alumna of the University of Maryland, where she received a B.S. in Computer Science.Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH
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.Contact Information
Stephanie J. Fertig is the Director, NINDS Small Business Programs in the Office of Translational Research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Ms. Fertig manages both the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which are congressionally mandated set-aside programs specifically for small business concerns.
Prior to her position in the Office of Translational Research, she was a member of the Repair and Plasticity cluster in the NINDS Division of Extramural Research. Before coming to NINDS, Ms. Fertig worked as a researcher in the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington D.C. Ms. Fertig has a B.S. degree in Chemistry with a major in Physics from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Yvonne Lau, MBBS, MBHL, PhD is the Director of the Division of Education and Development (DED) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). Dr. Lau received her medical degree from the University of Hong Kong, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd) in the United Kingdom. She obtained her Master in Bioethics and Health Law (MBHL) and her PhD in Bioethics from the University of Otago in New Zealand.