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.
 

  • Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
    Director
    Division of Extramural Research
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Daniel Gallahan, Ph.D.
    Director
    Division of Cancer Biology
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Ronald Kohanski, Ph.D.
    Director
    Division of Aging Biology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)

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 Coordinator: 

  • Stacy Carrington-Lawrence, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director
    Division of Aging Biology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Hye-Sook Kim, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Basic and Mechanistic Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch
    Division of Extramural Research
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Amanda Melillo, Ph.D.
    Chief
    Integrative Biology & Infectious Diseases Branch
    Director
    Oral Opportunistic Pathogens & Viral Disease Program
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
     
  • Leia Novak, Ph.D.
    Progam Officer
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

 

Common Fund Program Leader:

  • Becky Miller, 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:

  • 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.

  • Beena Akolkar, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Rudy Alarcon, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Liliana Brown, Ph.D.
    Director
    Office of Genomics and Advanced Technologies
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Mark Challberg, Ph.D.
    Chief
    Virology Branch
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Phil Daschner, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Alison Deckhut-Augustine, Ph.D.
    Branch Chief
    Basic Immunology Branch
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Gerard Lacourciere, Ph.D.
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Roger Little, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director
    Division of Neuroscience and Behavior
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
     
  • Dwayne Lunsford, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Digestive Diseases & Nutrition
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Sai Majji, Ph.D.
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICCHD)
     
  • Aron Marquitz, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Program
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
     
  • George McKie, D.V.M., Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Corneal Disease and Ocular Infection, Inflammation, and Immunology, Division of Extramural Research
    National Eye Institute (NEI)
     
  • Tamara McNealy, Ph.D.
    Director
    Oral Microbiota & Bacterial Disease Program
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
     
  • Amy Palin, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Heiyoung Park, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Scleroderma, Fibrosis, and Autoinflammatory Disease Program
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
     
  • Lita Proctor, Ph.D.
    Special Volunteer
     
  • Betsy Read-Connole, Ph.D.
    Head - Cancer Etiology Section
    Division of Cancer Biology
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Mugdha Samant, Ph.D.
    Special Assistant to the CEO
    All of Us Research Program
    Office of the Director
     
  • David Spiro, Ph.D.
    Director
    Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies
    Fogarty International Center (FIC)
     
  • Pothur Srinivas, Ph.D.
    Deputy Associate Director
    Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Shimian Zou, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

This page last reviewed on September 14, 2022