Debbi Adelakun serves as a scientific program analyst in the NCATS Office of the Director. In this capacity, she provides analysis of the Biomedical Data Translator program, which is designed to advance the development of high-need cures and reduce significant barriers between research discovery and clinical trials. Prior to joining NCATS in March 2019, Adelakun was a senior research analyst at Johns Hopkins University, where she was actively involved in clinical research focused on African American patients with various malignancies and palliative care treatments. She also served as a subject-matter expert for government regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Patient Rights and Responsibilities, Consent for Treatment, and government or commercial health plans.
Adelakun holds a Bachelor of Arts in public health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Master of Science in health administration, with a focus in community health from Towson University.
Adelakun enjoys implementing project management, agile methodologies and administrative policies within biomedical research. She values her work in supporting biomedical researchers and is passionate about addressing health disparities in underrepresented communities. Adelakun welcomes the challenge of finding new ways to support health care organizations in tackling their most arduous problems.