Staff Profile: Clare K. Schmitt

Clare K. Schmitt, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

Division of Clinical Innovation

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Clare Schmitt is the deputy director of NCATS’ Division of Clinical Innovation (DCI), where she assists the DCI director in overseeing the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program. Before joining NCATS, Schmitt served as the deputy director of the Office of Biodefense Research Resources and Translational Research within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where she oversaw a diverse portfolio focused on infectious disease translational science, preclinical research resources and medical countermeasure development. She also provided direction to a large clinical trial component of the program.

Schmitt joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2000, managing a Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer review program at the Center for Scientific Review. In 2002, she moved to NIAID as a program officer, overseeing a portfolio of grant and contracts related to bacterial pathogens and toxins.

Schmitt received her bachelor’s and Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining NIH, Schmitt was a postdoctoral fellow at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, with a subsequent assistant professorship at the same institution.

Research Topic

Schmitt’s research interests are broad and include microbial pathogenesis, food- and water-borne illnesses, and the translation of basic scientific findings into preventatives, therapeutics and diagnostics.