Staff Profile: Esther E. Duque

Esther E. Duque
Esther E. Duque

Administrative Officer

Office of Administrative Management
Administrative Services Branch (Intramural Services Section)

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Esther Duque is an administrative officer in NCATS’ Office of Administrative Management, where she provides administrative management and services to the Therapeutic Development Branch and Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics Core within the Center’s Division of Preclinical Innovation. She previously worked in the Center’s Office of Administrative Services and the Ethics and Management Analysis Branch. Duque has received individual and group NCATS Director’s Awards throughout her career at NCATS.

Prior to joining NCATS in 2015, Duque was an administrative assistant at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where she worked closely with branch chiefs and directors on special projects within the Environmental Branch. Her diverse professional background includes experience in both the public and private sectors. Duque also has worked in physical therapy modalities and completed the Board Chiropractic Assistant (CA) examination in the State of Maryland’s CA clinical program. Duque was recognized as one of the first registered CA health care practitioners in Maryland. She then went on to work in the medical field as a medical administrator and later assumed a senior management role for a Fortune 500 company.

Professional Interests

During her tenure at NIH, Duque has been involved in many activities, including the NIH Charities Art Show in Bethesda, Maryland. For several years, she served on the NCATS Take Your Child to Work Day committee. From 2016 to 2019, she was enrolled in the Management Seminar Series (MSS) as an attendee, coordinator and presenter, and she served as an advisor for two 2019 MSS presenters. Previously, Duque participated in the Combined Federal Campaign, where she led the volunteer group for the 2018 NIH’s Got Talent program. She also has served as a member of several diversity and inclusion groups, including the Disability Engagement Committee and the Employee Resource Group.