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Patricia A. Haggerty, Ph.D., Acting Director of Grants and Extramural Activities

Patricia A. Haggerty, Ph.D., is serving a detail as Director of Grants and Extramural Activities in the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). In this capacity, she actively engages and encourages partnerships with other NIH research Institutes and Centers to facilitate funding of extramural grants of high relevance to the ODS mission and goals. Since 2008, Dr. Haggerty has been Senior Advisor to the Director and Associate Director for Operations in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Prior to joining NIAID, she was at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), where she served as Branch Chief in the Office of Scientific Review and Executive Secretary of the NHLBI Clinical Trials Review Committee. Since coming to the NIH, Dr. Haggerty’s primary research interests include the biology of nutrition, and its relationship to the immune system, infectious disease, and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Haggerty earned her M.Sc. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London (UK). Her graduate studies led to extensive research and field experience in international nutrition policy, program planning, implementation, and evaluation, in least developed countries (LDCs). For two decades Dr. Haggerty worked with global nutrition entities including USAID, the FAO, the WHO, and U.S. Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs), on Vitamin A supplementation, breastfeeding, child survival, WASH, Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, Demographic and Health Surveys, and the USAID Title II non-emergency development programs. She has lived in Burkina Faso and the Demographic Republic of the Congo.