Victor Henriquez is a scientific review officer (SRO) in NCATS’ Office of Grants Management and Scientific Review, where he serves as the designated federal official. In that capacity, he organizes and administers Special Emphasis Panel Review Group meetings to evaluate the technical and scientific merit of grant applications and proposals requesting grant or contract funding. Prior to joining NCATS in 2016, he served for eight years as an SRO at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), where he organized reviews that required recruitment of expertise from broad and varied areas — including secondary data analysis applications, clinical trial or biomarker clinical validation study planning grants and cooperative agreements, novel dental materials cooperative agreements, novel or enhanced dental restorative materials for Class V lesions, oral HIVacc oral mucosal immunization approaches for HIV prevention, tissue regeneration consortium resource centers planning grants, and the effects of e-cigarette aerosol mixtures.
Prior to his tenure at NIDCR, Henriquez was a postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Neurosciences Program within the Medical Neurology Branch of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Working with Christy L. Ludlow, Ph.D., in the Laryngeal and Speech Section at NINDS, his postdoctoral research focused on developing a rodent model to examine the role of inflammation and neuropathies on modification of the laryngeal reflex.
Henriquez received his doctorate in neuroscience from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, working with L. Craig Evinger, Ph.D., while studying the neuronal integration of sensory and motor systems controlling corneal reflex blinks in normal and craniofacial movement disorders.
Henriquez’s research interests include craniofacial pain systems, basic neurophysiology, brainstem and cortical motor systems, and adult neurological movement disorders, with particular interest in chronic pain and sensory motor systems as they pertain to normal and disordered motor control systems.