Staff Profile: Joanna R. Roberts

Joanna Roberts, M.P.P.

Scientific Program Analyst

Office of the Director
Drug Development Partnership Programs (Contractor)

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Joanna Roberts, a scientific program analyst in the NCATS Office of the Director, primarily works on the Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) program. Collaborating with staff at NCATS and other NIH Institutes and Centers, she manages communication among the IDG consortium members, drafts and edits promotional materials for use at scientific meetings, and assists program coordinators with tracking deliverables from grantees. Roberts is responsible for managing files in SharePoint and creating a records-management plan for NCATS’ drug development partnership programs. Additionally, she has worked with the New Therapeutic Uses team on workshop planning and outreach strategies to keep participants engaged in the program.

Before joining NCATS, Roberts was a research associate with the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). During her tenure at NASEM, she provided programmatic and research support to projects that involved global health and science policy issues. Some of the projects and consensus study reports have included the Global Health Risk Framework Initiative; Human Genome Editing: Scientific, Medical, and Ethical Considerations; and Enhancing Global Health Security Through International Biosecurity and Health Engagement Programs. In 2013, Roberts moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for several health and science nonprofit organizations before starting at NASEM.

Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree, with a major in politics and international global studies, from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She spent two years teaching English as a foreign language in the Czech Republic before returning to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in public policy from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Professional Interests

In her spare time, Roberts volunteers with local Washington, D.C., nonprofit organizations, including the New Jersey State Society and Women in International Security, and mentors current college students from her alma mater.