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Jennie Larkin
Title: Deputy Director
Office(s): Division of Neuroscience (DN)
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Jennie Larkin, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), bringing expertise in neuroscience, open science, and data science to NIA. Dr. Larkin was previously the Director of the Office of Research Evaluation and Operations (OREO) at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). There she also led the NIDDK Data Management and Data Science Working Group and served on multiple trans-NIH data science and data policy working groups.

Preceding her position as OREO Director, Dr. Larkin was Senior Advisor to the NIH Associate Director for Data Science Dr. Phil Bourne, Ph.D., where she was responsible for coordinating extramural activities and strategic planning for the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program. Prior to managing the BD2K program, she was a Program Director at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). There she was responsible for a diverse portfolio comprising data science, computational biology and mathematical modeling, and genomics, while serving as a coordinator for the Common Fund’s Library of Integrated Network-Based Cellular Signatures (LINCS) program. Throughout her time at NIH, she has been a leader in data sharing and has served as an expert reviewer for numerous NIH data science programs.

Her research prior to joining NIH included functional genomics at The Institute for Genomic Research, neuroendocrinology and circadian rhythms at University of California at Berkeley, and comparative neurophysiology of hibernation and sleep at Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D. from Stanford, a M.S. in zoology from the University of Washington, and an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Wellesley College and the University of Cambridge.

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