Anna Taylor, Ph.D.

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Acting Deputy Director & Director of the Office of Research Operations and Analysis
Immediate Office of the Director (DEA)
Division of Extramural Activities
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Dr. Anna Taylor currently serves as the Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). In addition to this role, she also continues to serve as Director of the Office of Research Operations and Analysis where she leads efforts to innovate and coordinate the business operations of the NINDS’ Extramural Divisions in support of the Institute’s scientific priorities. 

Prior to serving in these roles, Dr. Taylor led the NINDS Grants Management Branch, where she oversaw a group of Grants Management Specialists and Team Leads with responsibility in the administration and fiduciary oversight of over $2.4B in grant awards.   Previously, Anna led several important activities and programs for the NINDS, including an analysis of the NINDS investment in basic and applied neuroscience research, the NIH NeuroBioBank, the NINDS R35 Program, and the development of the NINDS SCR policy.  Prior to joining DEA, Anna worked in the NINDS Office of Science Policy and Planning as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, where she cultivated an interest in applying qualitative and quantitative approaches to the analysis of Institute programs and expenditures, to inform policy decisions and programmatic investments.   Anna earned her B.S. (1997) and M.S. (2000) from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Anatomy in 2006 from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  Her graduate research was focused on non-neuronal contributions to motoneuron viability during development and in response to injury.  During a brief post-doctoral fellowship, she continued this line of research by identifying proteins that differentially regulate the survival-promoting potential of astrocytes and skeletal muscle