Working Group Members

This is the trans-NIH Working Group that oversees the development, implementation, communication, and assessment of the Common Fund program.

Co-Chairs:

Co-Chairs are Institute or Center (IC) directors or IC senior staff who lead the Working Group and have the authority to approve major activities and funding actions.

  • Patti Brenan, RN, Ph.D.
    Director
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
     
  • Roger Glass, M.P.H., M.D., Ph.D.
    Director
    Fogarty International Center (FIC)
     
  • Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
    Director
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D.
    Director
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Leadership Team & Points of Contact:

Coordinators, Program Leaders, and Project Team Leaders serve as the day to day leadership for the program and the Working Group. Also included here are points of contact for areas of program management.

Working Group Coordinators: 

  • Tiffani Lash, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Health Informatics Technologies
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
     
  • Laura Povlich, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of International Training and Research
    Fogarty International Center (FIC)

Common Fund Program Leader:

  • Concepcion (Marie) Nierras, Ph.D.
    Program Leader
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     

Points of Contact:

  • Nicholas A. Leake, MS
    Business Operations and Analysis Contact
    Program/Management Analyst
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Sonynka Ngosso, M.S., M.B.A
    Strategic Planning, Evaluation, and Communications Contact
    Scientific Program Manager
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     

Members:

The Working Group Members are staff from multiple NIH Institutes and Centers who provide input from their Institute or Center’s perspective.

  • James Alaro, Ph.D.
    Scientific Program Director
    Center of Global Health
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Nalini Anand, J.D., M.P.H.
    Director
    Division of International Science, Policy, Planning, and Evaluation
    Fogarty International Center (FIC)
     
  • Sameer Antan, Ph.D.
    Communications Engineering Branch
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
     
  • Audie Atienza, Ph.D.
    Senior Behavioral Scientist
    National Institute of Aging (NIA)
     
  • Larissa Aviles-Santa, M.D., M.P.H.
    Director, Clinical and Health Services Research
    Division of Scientific Programs
    National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities
     
  • John Balbus, M.D, M.P.H.
    Senior Advisor for Public Health 
    Office of the Director
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
     
  • Shravani Sudhir Bobde
    Senior Program Analyst
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
     
  • Joe Bonner, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research 
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
     
  • Pim Brouwers, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director
    Division of AIDS Research
    HIV Prevention Science Branch
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Liliana Brown, Ph.D.
    Office of Genomics & Advanced Technologies 
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Trisha Castranio
    Program Analyst
    Office of the Director
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
     
  • Stacey Chambers, M.S.
    Program Analyst
    National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
     
  • Ishwar Chandramouliswaran, M.S., M.B.A.
    Program Director
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • James Churchill, Ph.D.
    Health Scientist Administrator
    Office of the Director
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Gwen Collman, Ph.D.
    Director
    Division of Extramural Research & Training
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
     
  • Christine Colvis, Ph.D.
    Director
    Drug Development Partnership Programs
    Office of the Director
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
     
  • Christine Cutillo
    Special Assistant to the Director 
    Offfice of the Director
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
     
  • Gifty Dankyi
    Program Analyst
    Division of International Training & Research
    Fogarty International Center (FIC)
     
  • Valentina Di Francesco, M.S.
    Lead Program Director Computational Genomics and Data Science
    Division of Genome Sciences
    National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
     
  • Christopher Duncan, Ph.D.
    GENES, Environment & Health Branch
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
     
  • Zeynep Erim, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Inter-Disciplinary Training
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
     
  • Greg Farber, Ph.D.
    Director
    Office of Technology Development and Coordination
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Michelle Ferrante, Ph.D.
    Behavioral Science & Intergrative Neuroscience Research Branch
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Valerie Florance, Ph.D.
    Director
    Extramural Programs Division
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
     
  • Michelle Freund, Ph.D.
    Director, HEALthy Brain Child Development (HEALthy BCD) Study
    Office of the DER Director
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
     
  • Elizabeth Ginexi, Ph.D.
    Health Scientist Administrator
    Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
    Office of the Director (OD)
     
  • Tom Gross, M.D., Ph.D.
    Deputy Director of Science 
    Pediatric Oncology, Clinic and Translational Research
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Gray Handley, M.S.P.H.
    Associate Director
    Intermational Research Affairs
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectuous Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Andrea Horvath Marques, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Program Chief
    Office of Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Mike Humble, Ph.D.
    Health Scientitst Administrator
    Genes, Environment, and Health Branch
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
     
  • Darrell Hurt, Ph.D.
    Branch Chief
    Bioinformatics & Computational Bioscience Branch
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Stefan Jaeger, Ph.D.
    Communications Engineering Branch
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
     
  • Bonnie Joubert, Ph.D.
    Scientific Program Director
    Population Health Branch
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
     
  • Johnathan Kaltman, M.D.
    Heart Development & Structural Diseases Branch
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
     
  • Flora Katz, Ph.D
    Director
    Division of International Training and Research
    Fogarty International Center (FIC)
     
  • Dave Kaufman
    Division of Genomes and Society
    National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
     
  • Emir Khatipov, Ph.D.
    Director
    Data Science, Computational Biology, & Bioinformatics Program
    National Instiute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
     
  • Marion Koso-Thomas, M.D.
    Program Official
    Division of Extramural Research/Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
     
  • Vesna Kutlesic, Ph.D.
    Director
    Division of Health Informatics Technologies
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
     
  • Dawei Lin, Ph.D.
    Associate Director for Bioinformatics
    Division of Allergy, Immunology & Transplantation
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectuous Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Ebony Madden, M.S.G.C., Ph.D.
    Division of Genomic Medicine
    National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
     
  • Kim McAllister, Ph.D.
    Health Scientist Administrator
    Genes, Environment, and Health Branch
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
     
  • Rosemary McKaig, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Health Scientist Administrator
    Epidemiology Branch
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
     
  • George Mensah, M.D., FACC
    Division Director
    Immediate Office of the Director
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
     
  • Amit Mistry, Ph.D.
    Senior Scientist
    Division of International Science, Policy, Planning, and Evaluation
    Fogarty International Center (FIC)
     
  • Brad Newsome, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Health Inequities & Global Health Branch 
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) 
     
  • Afshin Parsha, M.D., M.P.H.
    Program Director
    Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Paul Pearlman, Ph.D.
    Program Director; Lead, Global Health Technology
    Cancer Technologies, Medical Imaging, Bilateral Programs
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Grace Peng, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Discovery Science & Technology
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
     
  • Stacey Richard Benson, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Medical Director
    Washington Hospital Center, Stroke Center
    National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
     
  • Denise Russo, Ph.D.
    Deputy Branch Chief
    Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
     
  • Saltanat Satabayeva, M.S., PMP
    Program Analyst
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
     
  • Charles Schmitt, Ph.D.
    Director
    Office of Data Science
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
     
  • Geetha Senthil, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Office of Genomics Research Coordination
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Karlie Sharma, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Office of the Director
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
     
  • Sudha Srinivasan, Ph.D.
    TB Clinical Research Branch
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Jennifer Troyer, Ph.D.
    Program Director Human Heredity and Health in Africa 
    Division of Genome Sciences
    National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
     
  • Lu Wang, Ph.D.
    Branch Chief
    Translational Genomics Research Branch
    National Instiute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
     
  • Ken Wiley, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Genomic Medicine
    National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
     
  • Carlie Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Epidemiologist
    Epidemiology Branch
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Makeda Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Chief, Global Health Effectiveness Global Health Research
    Division of Aids Research
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Celia Wolfman, MSSP
    Global Health Research and Policy Analyst
    Division of International Science, Policy, Planning, and Evaluation
    Fogarty International Center (FIC)

 

 

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