Shakira M. Nelson, Ph.D., is a program director in the
Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity. She co-directs the
Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) program. Nelson administers the
Diversity Supplement Program and
Re-entry supplement programs, and manages the
Bridges to the Baccalaureate (B2B),
Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) programs, and manages grants in the
Research on Interventions portfolio. Nelson also manages research grants in the area of inflammation and innate immunity in the
Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry.
Before joining NIGMS, Nelson was a senior scientific program administrator at the American Association for Cancer Research. She earned a B.S. in microbiology from Pennsylvania State University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in immunology and infectious diseases from Pennsylvania State University. Nelson conducted postdoctoral research as a cancer prevention fellow at the National Cancer Institute.
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