Dr. Jennifer Villa

Dr. Jennifer Villa

Scientific Review Officer



Biography

Division:
Division of Physiological and Pathological Sciences DPPS
Review Branch:
Immunology and Infectious Diseases A IIDA
Study Section:
Pathogenic Eukaryotes PTHE

Dr. Jennifer C. Villa received a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and conducted her thesis research on gamma-secretase regulation of notch signaling in hypoxic breast cancer at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She received postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied cancer immunology, with a focus on the DNA-repair mechanism in lymphoid cancer development. She then transitioned from academic research to medical writing, where she developed a diverse portfolio of manuscripts, posters, and conference abstracts in a range of therapeutic areas for the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining CSR, Dr. Villa was a program officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit. In that role, she managed several biomedical research grant programs for early-career scientists and was involved in coordinating application review, reviewer recruitment, and facilitating award selection meetings. She was also the biomedical programs lead for program communications and outreach, and a liaison for a donor-funded cancer grant program.