Staff Profile: Jennifer J. Cho

Jennifer J. Cho
Jennifer J. Cho

Deputy Director

Division of Extramural Activities
Grants Management Branch
Compliance Section

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Jennifer Cho is the deputy director of the Grants Management Branch (Compliance Section) within NCATS’ Division of Extramural Activities, where she assists the chief grants management officer in overseeing the business and fiscal management of the Center’s extramural research programs. She serves as the lead for the compliance and Other Transactions Authority team. Cho oversees NCATS’ Biomedical Data Translator program and the development of internal grants and other transactions policies and procedures. She also participates in NIH-wide grant and Other Transactions Authority working groups to support translational science.

Prior to joining NCATS, Cho spent 12 years as a grants management specialist, senior grants management officer and supervisory team lead in grants management and other transactions at several other NIH Institutes and Centers, including the National Institute of General Medical Sciences; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institute on Drug Abuse; and the Office of the Director. Her responsibilities included the stewardship of large-scale, bi-phasic cooperative agreements and complex other transactions agreements and the development of policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures for internal and extramural staff and outside entities to ensure compliance with sound business management and fiscal administration practices.

Cho earned two bachelor’s degrees — in English literature and culture and opera performance — from Northwestern University. She maintains a certificate in grants management, an NIH Level III certification and an Agreement Officer warrant.

Professional Interests

Cho enjoys analyzing the impact and implementation of policies on biomedical research. She enthusiastically supports and upholds the NCATS goal to get more treatments to more patients more quickly.