As deputy director, I oversee program directors and am responsible for career development for the Division’s scientific staff. I help lead the development of the Division’s research priorities and maintain active involvement in the basic science consortia it supports. I also develop the operating budget for the Division, which includes tracking all expenditures related to staff travel, scientific workshops, office supplies, staff training, and equipment.
I also serve as co-director of the Office of Obesity Research. As such, I am afforded the opportunity to develop and co-manage a coordinated agenda in obesity research funded by the Institute. This portfolio includes a set of initiatives designed to treat and prevent obesity and its co-morbidities. My interests include defining the obesity research portfolio’s long-range goals and developing a set of research priorities in this area. I organize workshops, advisory committee meetings, and conferences with professional societies and patient organizations.
In addition, I participate in support activities of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, which addresses key roadblocks in biomedical research that impede basic scientific discovery and its translation into improved human health.