Dr. Birgit Neuhuber serves as Deputy Chief of Review in the Scientific Review Branch at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). She holds a Master’s degree in Histology and Endocrinology and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Salzburg, Austria. Following her graduate work, which focused on studying the formation of the skeletal muscle triad, she pursued postdoctoral training at the NHLBI where her research focus was on the development of the neuromuscular junction. From NIH, she moved to Drexel University College of Medicine where she held a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. At Drexel, Dr. Neuhuber studied the basic biology of stem cells and worked on designing therapeutic strategies for stem cell transplantation into spinal cord injury using combinatorial strategies including neurotrophic factors, bioengineered matrices and exercise as well as minimally invasive delivery methods. Dr. Neuhuber returned to NIH in 2011 when she joined the Neurodegeneration Cluster at NINDS as a Health Program Specialist. She subsequently moved to the NINDS Scientific Review Branch where she served as a Scientific Review Officer (SRO), reviewing highly visible programs like Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research, R35 research program awards and programs in Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias. In addition, she was the SRO for the NSD-B study section, which reviewed early- and late-stage translational grant applications related to neurodegenerative disorders and neuromuscular diseases. Her research expertise includes neural injury and neurodegeneration/regeneration, stem cell biology and translational research.