The CSR Advisory Council (CSRAC) was established in 2011 to provide advice to the Director of the Center for Scientific Review on matters related to planning, execution, conduct, support, review, evaluation, and receipt and referral of grant applications at CSR (CSRAC charter).


Leopoldo J. Cabassa, MSW, PhD.

1/2022 to 12/2025
Professor, Director of the PhD Social Work Program • Co-Director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research, Brown School of Social Work • Washington University in St. Louis

Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D.

1/2022 to 12/2024
Professor • Medical University of South Carolina

Jinming Gao, Ph.D.

9/2018 to 12/2022
Professor of Oncology, Pharmacology, and Otolaryngology • Co-Leader, Cell Stress and Nanomedicine Program • Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center • UT Southwestern Medical Center

Christine P. Hendon, Ph.D.

1/2022 to 12/2025
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering • Columbia University

Dr. Michelle C. Janelsins-Benton
Michelle C. Janelsins-Benton, Ph.D.

9/2021 to 12/2024
Associate Professor, Division of Supportive Care in Cancer, Department of Surgery • University of Rochester

Tonya M. Palermo, Ph.D.

9/2018 to 12/2022
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine • Associate Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development • Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Mark Peifer, Ph.D.

3/2019 to 12/2022
Professor, Department of Biology • Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Narasimhan Rajaram
Narasimhan Rajaram, Ph.D.

9/2021 to 12/2024
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering • University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Elizabeth Villa, Ph.D.

9/2019 to 12/2022
Associate Professor, Division of Biological Sciences • University of California, San Diego

Ad-hoc, non-voting participants in the March 28, 2022 meeting

Dr. Karen Anderson
Karen Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.

Ad-Hoc for March 28, 2022
Professor, Biodesign Institute • School of Life Sciences •
Arizona State University

Dr. Sean Davidson
Sean Davidson, Ph.D.

Ad-Hoc for March 28, 2022
Professor, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine • Metabolic Diseases Institute •
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Edda Spiekerkoetter
Edda Frauke Spiekerkoetter, M.D.

Ad-Hoc for March 28, 2022
Associate Professor, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine • Stanford University

Dr. Lynn Yee
Lynn Yee, MPH, M.D.

Ad-Hoc for March 28, 2022
Assistant Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Feinberg School of Medicine • Northwestern University