Leslie K. Derr, Ph.D.
Dr. Leslie Derr is currently a Program Director for the NIH Common Fund in the Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC). She received a Ph.D. in Genetics from Duke University and following post-doctoral work at the Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center, joined the NIH as a PI with NIAID. Her lab used the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and its retrotransposon Ty, as model organisms to study RNA-mediated recombination in order to increase our understanding of the role of RNA in genome evolution. Dr. Derr moved to the NCI during Dr. Klausner’s tenure as Director, NCI to work in the Office of Scientific Opportunity, driving forward the “Areas of Extraordinary Opportunity”, challenges that if addressed would greatly advance scientific progress. She later joined the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) as program manager for the NCI cancer biomedical informatics grid (caBIG), served as Director of Community Alliances and was a member of the CBIIT senior leadership team. Before joining the OSC, she served as Communities of Practice Coordinator for the Regional Extension Center Program, supporting EHR implementation efforts and the meaningful use of health information, in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the Secretary HHS.