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Staff Profile: Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava

Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Program Director

Division of Clinical Innovation

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava joined NCATS’ Division of Clinical Innovation (DCI) in October 2017. She oversees and provides programmatic direction and management for several Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program hubs. Gopal-Srivastava also serves on the national CTSA Program Lifespan Domain Task Force. She represents NCATS on the Federal Working Group on Dietary Supplements, the Trans-NIH Coordinating Committee for Lymphatic Research and is a member of the Trans-NIH FDA Medical Devices Research Interest Group. Before joining the DCI, Gopal-Srivastava was the director of the Extramural Research Program in the Office of Rare Diseases Research, since 2006, where she led the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network — a multidisciplinary national program. In addition, she collaborated with the FDA on its Medical Device Needs Assessment Project.

Gopal-Srivastava has worked at NIH since 1989 and has a diverse background in rare diseases, biochemistry, molecular biology, and basic and translational research. Her experience includes conducting and overseeing basic and translational research, managing extramural research programs, conducting scientific review of research grant applications, managing public-private partnerships, and leading and facilitating trans-NIH collaborations. Gopal-Srivastava joined NIH as a laboratory researcher at the National Eye Institute, followed by an appointed as a health scientist administrator at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In 2003, she became a program director for a national translational research program, Specialized Program of Research Excellence, for breast cancer research in the Office of Director at NCI. She also managed a special program for the Avon Foundation–NCI partnership to support clinical research in breast cancer.

Gopal-Srivastava holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a past recipient of the Virginia Commonwealth fellowship and has received a research fellowship from the U.S. National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Gopal-Srivastava has received numerous NIH Individual Merit Awards. She also has received recognition from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for outstanding community services and NIH’s Asian Pacific Islander American Organization’s outstanding achievement award for excellence in science. She is an advocate for women in science and recently has been interviewed for the “Women of Color Scientists at NIH” and featured and showcased in “Women in Science at the National Institutes of Health 2007-2008.” Gopal-Srivastava has served as a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences.

Professional Interests

Gopal-Srivastava currently is focused on clinical and translational science research and bringing more treatments to more patients, especially rare disease patients, more quickly.

Selected Publications

  1. The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network's organization and approach to observational research and health outcomes research.
  2. Gene therapy: charting a future course--summary of a National Institutes of Health Workshop, April 12, 2013.
  3. Expanding research to provide an evidence base for nutritional interventions for the management of inborn errors of metabolism.