Biographical Sketch: Laurie Stepanek, Ph.D.

Laurie Stepanek, Ph.D., is a program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity. In this position, she manages the Bridges to the Baccalaureate and Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) programs, and the Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31). She also manages grants as part of the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) and National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) as part of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium.

Prior to joining NIGMS, Stepanek was a senior professorial lecturer at American University in Washington, DC. She earned her B.S. in marine biology from Texas A&M University and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Miami. Stepanek then studied vocal learning in songbirds as a postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco, and was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.

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