Where were you born?
What school did you attend?
Princeton University, Harvard Medical School
What gained your interest in the NIH?
Answered a call to public service with a scale of scientific and public health impact, not generally achievable in a typical academic setting.
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
I am the Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. I oversee the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees.
What message would you like to send to young Blacks who are considering going to college?
I would encourage you to pursue mastery of your area of passion and live a life without limits. I have been inspired by my forebears -- my grandmother and mother -- women who were undaunted by perceived adversity and barriers.