Biographical Sketch: Erica Brown, Ph.D.

Erica Brown, Ph.D., is the director of the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), and the executive secretary of the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. As director of DEA, she oversees the grant-related activities of the Institute, including grants policies and procedures; the development of funding opportunities; and the receipt, referral, review, and fiscal management of grants. Brown also advises senior staff on the planning, development, and administration of Institute grant activities.

Brown has extensive leadership experience in health science administration. She joined NIGMS in 2017 as the DEA deputy director. Prior to that, she served as director of the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts in the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER), providing leadership and management of the publication of notice of funding opportunities​ and notices in the NIH Guide, ensuring that all announcements complied with applicable policies, regulations, and laws. While in OER, Brown also served as the director of the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program and the coordinator of the NIH conference grant program. Prior to her work in OER, Brown served as a scientific review officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Brown earned her B.S. in biochemistry at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina.

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