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.

  • Richard Hodes, M.D.
    Director
    National Institutes of Aging (NIA) 
     
  • Norman Sharpless, M.D.
    Director
    National Cancer Institute (NCI) 
     
  • Dinah S. Singer, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)

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: 

  • Chamelli Jhappan, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Cancer Biology
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Viviana Perez, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Division of Aging Biology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Common Fund Program Leader:

  • Ananda L. Roy, 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:

  • Pragati Katiyar, Ph.D.
    SenNet Scientific Program Manager
    Division of Aging Biology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Jason Shockey, Ph.D.
    Business Operations and Analysis Contact
    Management/Program Analyst
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Veronica Taylor, Ph.D.
    Strategic Planning, Evaluation, and Communications Contact
    Health Science Policy Analyst
    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.

  • Kristin Abraham, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Andrew Bremer, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.S.
    Branch Chief
    Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
     
  • Eric Brunskill, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Preethi Chander, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Salivary Biology and Immunology Program
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
     
  • Matt Craig, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Division of Lung Diseases
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
     
  • Janet Cyr, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Division of Scientific Programs
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
     
  • Amanda DiBattista, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Neuroscience
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Yih-Woei Fridell, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Division of Aging Biology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Zhigang (Peter) Gao, M.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Metabolism and Health Effects
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
     
  • Paige Green, Ph.D., M.P.H., FABMR
    Branch Chief
    Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch
    Behavioral Research Program
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Deborah K. Hoshizaki, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • T. Kevin Howcroft, Ph.D.
    Branch Chief
    Cancer Immunology, Hematology, and Etiology Branch
    Division of Cancer Biology
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Michael F. Huerta, Ph.D.
    Associate Director
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
     
  • Chyren Hunter, Ph.D.
    Associate Director
    Basic and Translational Research Programs
    Office of Research for Women’s Health (ORWH)
     
  • Ronald Kohanski, Ph.D.
    Acting Division Director
    Division of Aging Biology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Michael Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D.
    Director
    Division of Clinical Innovation
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
     
  • Roger Little, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director
    Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
     
  • Linnia Mayeenuddin, Ph.D.
    Health Scientist Administrator
    Knowledge Management and Special Projects Branch
    Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Dan Miller, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Neuroscience
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
     
  • Mahua Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Developmental Biology and Structural Variation Branch
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
     
  • Youngsuk (Young) Oh, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
     
  • Andras Orosz, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Metabolism and Health Effects
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
     
  • Mercy Prabhudas, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Division of Allergy, Immunology & Transplantation
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Laura Rowland, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Translational Research
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • George Santangelo, Ph.D.
    Director
    Office of Portfolio Analysis
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Irina Sazonova, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Grace L. Shen, Ph.D.
    Group Leader and Program Director
    Division of Extramural Science Programs
    National Eye Institute (NEI)
     
  • Felipe Sierra, Ph.D.
    Special Assistant to the Director
    Office of the Director
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Erica Spotts, Ph.D.
    Health Scientist Administrator
    Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Leonid Tsap, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Division of Aging Biology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Merriline Vedamony, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Radiation and Nuclear Countermeasures Program
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Yisong Wang, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Basic and Mechanistic Research Branch, Division of Extramural Research
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Xincheng (Ted) Zheng, M.D., Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Clinical Osteoarthritis and Diagnostic Imaging Program
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

This page last reviewed on December 3, 2021