Dr. Mia Rochelle Lowden is a Scientific Program Specialist at the Office of Planning, Analysis & Evaluation (OPAE) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). She is the point of contact for all NIA activities related to the NIH Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC) text mining system. Her major role is to coordinate planning activities for the Alzheimer’s Disease research portfolio. She is the OPAE point of contact for the NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research to perform coding, portfolio analysis, evaluation, and strategic planning. Dr. Lowden previously served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at NIH. She was a Senior Program Manager at the National Bone Health Alliance where she coordinated the largest-to-date meeting on rare bone diseases. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, she established a novel method to study regulation of the hunger hormone ghrelin, associated with obesity. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with her dissertation on “Genesis of end-to-end chromosome fusions,” which investigated how aging-related changes to DNA set the stage for cancer. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Carleton College.