Ralph Dashner, M.S., is a science program analyst in the Policy Branch of NCATS’ Office of Policy, Communications and Education, where he collects and analyzes data on NCATS’ projects and awards to provide clear, consistent information about the Center’s activities. Prior to the establishment of NCATS, he had served since 2001 in a similar capacity at the National Center for Research Resources. During his tenure at NIH, Dashner also has worked in several NIH intramural labs, including the Craniofacial Development Laboratory at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and in the Diabetes Branch at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Before joining NIH, Dashner served as a research technician at the George Washington University Medical Center and held similar positions at two vaccine manufacturing firms. His experience also includes conducting plant science research at the University of Maryland and the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. His laboratory work focused on protein purification and molecular biology.
Dashner received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington College and his master’s degree in microbiology from the George Washington University.
Dashner believes that it is important to inform the public about the achievements of NIH, using data analysis tools to describe and quantify NCATS’ accomplishments. He also hopes that by finding effective ways to make biomedical science understandable to lay audiences, he can share his love of science.