Working Group Members

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

Contact us: HUBMAP@mail.nih.gov(link sends e-mail)

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.

  • Gary Gibbons, M.D.
    Director
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
     
  • Jill Heemskerk, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
     
  • Robert Star, M.D.
    Director
    Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Leadership Team and Points of Contact

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

Common Fund Program Leader: 

  • Richard Conroy. Ph.D., M.B.A.
    Program Leader
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health

Working Group Coordinator:

  • Zorina Galis, Ph.D.
    Branch Chief
    Vascular Biology and Hypertension
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Initiative Leaders: 

Initiative 1. Transformative Technology Development

  • Pothur Srinivas, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Ananda Roy, Ph.D.
    Program Leader
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health

Initiative 2. Rapid Technology Integration

  • Jerry Li, M.D., Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Structural Biology and Molecular Applications Branch 
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Initiative 3. Human Tissue Mapping

  • Zorina Galis, Ph.D.
    Branch Chief
    Vascular Biology and Hypertension
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
     
  • Richard Conroy, Ph.D., M.B.A.
    Program Leader
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health

Initiative 4. Data Coordination, Integration, and Analysis

  • Ajay Pillai, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Computational Science
    National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
     
  • Zorina Galis, Ph.D.
    Branch Chief
    Vascular Biology and Hypertension
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Initiative 5. Demonstration Projects

  • Ajay Pillai, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Computational Science
    National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Additional NIH Office of Strategic Coordination Representation:

  • Tyler Best, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Health Scientist Administrator
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health
     
  • Tony Casco
    Business Operations and Analysis Contact
    Program Analyst 
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health
     
  • Dena C. Procaccini, M.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
  • Members:

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

    • Bishow Adhikari, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Heart Failure and Arrhythmias Branch
      National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
       
    • Brian Bai Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Molecular, Cellular, and Systems Blood Science Branch
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
       
    • Lawrence Baizer, Ph.D. 
      Program Director
      Division of Lung Diseases
      National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
       
    • David Balasundaram, Ph.D.
      Scientific Review Officer
      Division of Basic and Integrative Biological Sciences
      Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
       
    • Andrea Beckel-Mitchener, Ph.D.
      Acting Director
      Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health
      National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
       
    • Francesca Bosetti, Pharm. D., Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Neural Environment Cluster Group
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
       
    • Katarzyna Bourcier, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Immuno-oncology Branch
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
       
    • Marishka Brown, Ph.D.
      Program Director, Sleep Disorders
      National Center on Sleep Disorders, Research Division of Lung Diseases
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
       
    • Eric Brunskill, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases
      National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
       
    • Robert Carter, M.D.
      Deputy Director
      National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
       
    • Marc Charette, Ph.D.
      Program Officer
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
       
    • Jennifer Couch, Ph.D.
      Chief
      Structural Biology and Molecular Applications Branch
      Division of Cancer Biology
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
       
    • Allen Dearry, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Cancer Informatics Branch
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
       
    • Sarah Dunsmore, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry
      National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
       
    • Dan A. Gilchrist, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Computational Genomics and Data Science
      Division of Genome Sciences
      National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
       
    • Patricia Greenwel, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
      National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
       
    • Lucy Hsu, Ph.D.
      Program Officer
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
       
    • Shannon Hughes, Ph.D.
      Deputy Director
      Division of Cancer Biology
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
       
    • Cashell Jaquish, Ph.D.
      Program Director 
      Genetic Epidemiology
      National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
       
    • Halonna Kelly, Ph.D.
      Scientific Program Analyst
      Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
       
    • Julie Kim
      Scientific Program Analyst
      Division of Genome Sciences
      National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
       
    • Lillian S. Kuo, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Cancer Immunology, Hematology, and Etiology Branch
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
       
    • Timothy LaVaute, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
       
    • Sara Lin, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Lung Biology and Disease Branch 
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
       
    • Su-Yau Mao, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Arthritis Biology Program
      National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
       
    • Daniel Miller, Ph.D. 
      Program Director
      Division of Neuroscience
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
       
    • Viviana Perez Montes, Ph.D.
      Cell Biology Program
      Division of Aging Biology
      National Institute on Aging (NIA)
       
    • Jill Morris, Ph.D. 
      Program Director 
      Division of Neuroscience
      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
       
    • Stefanie Nelson, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Genomic Epidemiololgy Branch
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
       
    • Margaret Ochocinska, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Translational Blood Science and Resources Branch
      Division of Blood Diseases and Resources
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
       
    • Asif Rizwan, Ph.D.
      Program Officer
      Molecular, Cellular, and Systems Blood Science Branch
      National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
       
    • John Satterlee, Ph.D.
      DNB Coordinator for Trans-NIH Programs and Activities
      National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
       
    • Salvatore Sechi, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases
      National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
       
    • Grace Shen, Ph.D.
      Group Leader and Program Director
      Retinal Diseases Program
      National Eye Institute (NEI)
       
    • Kentner Singleton, Ph.D.
      Program Officer
      Basic Immunology Branch
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
       
    • Candace Tingen, PhD
      Program Officer
      Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch
      National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
       
    • Reiko Toyama, Ph.D.
      Health Scientist Administrator
      Developmental Biology and Structural Variation Branch
      National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
        
    • Wendy Wang, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Cancer Biomarkers Research Group
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
        
    • Dan Xi, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
       
    • Yong Yao, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science
      National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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