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Scientific Review Branch

Key Functions:

  • Conducts peer review of research grant applications and contract proposals assigned to NIA.
  • Recruits peer reviewers to provide expert advice on the scientific and technical merit of applications and proposals.
  • Manages Chartered Review Committees and Special Emphasis Panels.

Read more about the scientific review process for Applicants and for Reviewers.

Ramesh VemuriRamesh Vemuri, Ph.D.

Birgit Neuhuber, Ph.D.
Deputy Chief

The branch is divided into four sections based on scientific and topic area. All Scientific Review Officers (SROs) are cross-trained between sections to manage the review caseload.

Check your grant application in eRA Commons to see which SRO has been assigned to you. Your SRO is the point of contact for any questions during the review process. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please email

Basic and Translational Sciences Section

Bita Nakhai, Ph.D.

  • Greg Bissonette, Ph.D.
    Scientific Review Officer
  • Joshua Park, Ph.D.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Nijaguna Prasad, Ph.D.
    Scientific Review Officer

Clinical Sciences Section

Ramona Dumitrescu, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Nesar Akanda, M.D., Ph.D.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Neurology, Toxicology, & Cell Biology
  • Maurizio Grimaldi, M.D., Ph.D.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Neuropharmacology & Toxicology
  • Rajasri Roy, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Applied Psychology & Public Health/Health Policy

Social and Behavioral Sciences Section

Janetta Lun, Ph.D.

  • Dario Dieguez, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Neurobiology & Neuropharmacology
  • Kimberly Firth, Ph.D.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Social/Developmental Psychology & AD Caregiver Research
  • Carmen Moten, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Developmental Psychology, Health Behavior & Education

Special Review, Information Resources and Policy Section

Birgit Neuhuber, Ph.D.

  • Kaitlyn Hardell, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Comparative Biology & Epidemiology
  • Ivan Rebustini, Ph.D.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Cell Biology & Developmental/Regenerative Biology
  • Sandhya Sanghi, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Public Health & Social/Behavioral Health
  • Mariel Jais, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Scientific Review Officer
    Pharmacy & Immunology

Administrative Section

Isla Marie Brown
Supervisory Program Analyst

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