Staff Profile: Laura (Hope) Shapiro

Laura (Hope) Shapiro
Laura (Hope) Shapiro

Executive Assistant to the Director

Office of the Director

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Laura (Hope) Shapiro is the executive assistant to the director in NCATS’ Office of the Director, where she oversees the director’s correspondence, meetings and travel. Previously, she served as a program specialist in NCATS’ Division of Preclinical Innovation (DPI), where she managed three core groups: Informatics, Analytical Chemistry, and Training and Education.

Prior to joining NCATS in 2020, Shapiro served as a program specialist in the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. Before that, she served as a secretary in the Laboratory of Molecular Signaling at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism from 2015 to 2019.

Before coming to NIH, Shapiro held several positions, including working for National Geographic; working as a high school teacher; teaching video production; and working at Danya International, Inc., a health communications company, where she created a smoking cessation video that won a Television, Internet and Video Association of DC Peer Award.

Shapiro holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in film and video production from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Professional Interests

During her time at NCATS, Shapiro has enjoyed the opportunity to use her video production skills. She helped DPI create ten laboratory tour videos for their ad hoc scientific review meetings, which are posted on the NCATS’ YouTube page. She looks forward to using her expertise to shine a light on translational science.