Ms. Asanté Forde joined the Common Fund in the Office of Strategic Coordination as an Executive Assistant to HRHR. Before joining our office, Ms. Forde worked as an Executive Assistant at Maryland Oncology Hematology in Southern Maryland. While there, she partnered with doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other staff and their teams to understand business strategies, products, processes, and systems that help support the day-to-day basis of the clinics located in the Southern Maryland division. Ms. Forde earned her B.S. in Psychology from Bowie State University.
Dr. Rebecca Black joined the Office of Strategic Coordination as a Health Science Policy Analyst in October 2022. She received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 and her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from MIT in 2022, where she used bioinformatics analyses to study corticosteroid effects on post-traumatic osteoarthritis in human ex vivo models of early disease progression and to identify potential disease biomarkers.
Dr. Brionna Hair joined the Office of Strategic Coordination in 2020. Prior to joining the Common Fund, she served as a Health Statistician for the Health Resources and Services Administration, where she managed and conducted research on federally qualified health centers. Previously, she was a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Hair received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on gene methylation in breast tissue.
Dr. Patricia (Trish) Labosky joined the Office of Strategic Coordination in 2012. She earned her Ph.D. from Wesleyan University studying the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells, and did her postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University where she furthered her interest in stem cells and early development generating some of the first germ line competent embryonic germ cell (EG cell) lines. After her postdoctoral work, she was an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1997 - 2006.
Dr. Becky Miller joined the Office of Strategic Coordination in 2014. She serves as the program officer for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award and assists in programmatic management and outreach for the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. She did her postdoctoral work at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) studying mosquito transmission of drug-resistant malaria. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame studying genomic variation in malaria parasites and was a GLOBES NSF IGERT fellow.
Ms. Ellie Murcia received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Goshen College. She received a master’s degree in international education from the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Murcia came to the NIH in 2000 as a program analyst in the Office of the Director at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). She began working with the NIH Roadmap since its inception in 2004 and stayed when it transitioned into the Common Fund with the NIH Reauthorization in 2006. Ms.
As the Assistant Director for TSD, Ananda will oversee multiple Common Fund programs. Ananda has been at the OSC/NIH for seven years and during this time, he has led several Common Fund programs and written commentaries describing the outcomes of these programs, providing the OSC/NIH perspective on program management as well as the science of the programs.