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 is a program officer for Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) and National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) awards as part of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium. She also manages research grants in the areas of membrane biology and organelle biogenesis and developmental signaling in the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

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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