Erica Brown Named NIGMS Associate Director for Extramural Activities

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National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Director Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., has announced the selection of Erica Brown, Ph.D., as associate director for extramural activities and director of the Institute’s Division of Extramural Activities (DEA). In this role, Brown oversees the receipt, referral, review, and fiscal management of the Institute’s grants. Additionally, she serves as executive secretary of the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council and advises senior staff on the planning, development, and administration of Institute grant activities.

Brown joined NIGMS in 2017 as deputy DEA director and has served as acting director since early 2019. “She has made considerable contributions to the Institute, from increasing the efficiency of our advisory council meetings to streamlining the process for staff developing funding opportunity announcements,” said Lorsch.

Brown’s prior experience at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) includes overseeing the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, directing NIH’s AREA program, and serving as a scientific review officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Brown received her B.S. in biochemistry from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.