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CSR Announces Several Additions to Staff

Dr. George Chacko has become the scientific review administrator of the Center for Scientific Review's new special review H study section, which examines applications in computational biology, such as those related to the Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative. Chacko trained as a veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Bangalore, India. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and immunology from Ohio State University. Chacko underwent postdoctoral training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He then moved to the Laboratory of Immune Cell Biology at the National Cancer Institute. His scientific interests include intracellular signal transduction by immunoreceptors, analysis and visual representation of biological data, and receptor trafficking.

Dr. Jeffrey Elias recently joined the Center for Scientific Review as new scientific review administrator of the behavioral and biobehavioral processes 5 scientific review group. This group examines applications for grants to study the clinical aspects of emotional, behavioral and cognitive disorders in adults. Elias comes to CSR from the University of Nevada in Reno. As director of research for its Sanford Center for Aging, he conducted independent research on health issues and functional aging and coordinated a diverse portfolio of basic and behavioral research. He previously was a professor of psychology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Dr. Luci Roberts was appointed to the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator for the behavioral and biobehavioral processes 1 study section. She comes from NICHD; for the past 4 years she was a fellow in its Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, where she studied the neuroendocrinology of social bonding and parental behavior in nonhuman primates. She earned her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Maryland, studying the effects of perinatal exposure to steroids on parental behavior in prairie voles. She then accepted a postdoctoral position at the National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., expanding her research in studies of the reproductive physiology and behavior of prairie and meadow voles.

Dr. Sherry Stuesse has joined the Center for Scientific Review as a scientific review administrator of the brain disorders and clinical neuroscience 5 study section and the brain disorders and clinical neuroscience fellowship study section. She comes to CSR from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, where she was a professor in its neurobiology and pharmacology department. Her research there focused on the central nervous system pathways that mediate cardiac function and on brain stem and spinal cord organization. She also studied neurochemical mechanisms related to chronic neuropathic pain. Stuesse received her Ph.D. in biology from the State University of New York in Albany, studying neurotransmission at the junction of motor neurons and skeletal muscle cells.

Dr. Denise Wiesch has moved to the Center for Scientific Review to be scientific review administrator for its epidemiology and disease control 2 study section. She comes from NIAID, where she was a program officer in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation. She began her career at NIH after college, working as a senior laboratory technician in the Neurogenetics Branch, NIMH. She also worked on a contract to the National Library of Medicine indexing scientific journal articles for Medline. Wiesch then enrolled in Johns Hopkins University, where she received an M.P.H. and a Ph.D. in genetic epidemiology. Her research focused on the genetic basis of occupational allergy in workers at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. She continued this research at the Center for the Genetics of Complex Diseases at the University of Maryland in Baltimore before joining NIAID.


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