Cristina Nigro, M.S., Ph.D.

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Office of Science Policy & Planning
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Dr. Cristina Nigro joined the NINDS Office of Science Policy & Planning (OSPP) as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in 2021. Dr. Nigro currently serves as legislative liaison and provides policy support for the Institute, and contributes to analysis and evaluation of NINDS-supported outcomes and programs. Prior to serving in this role, Dr. Nigro successfully completed the first year of her PMF appointment at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where she analyzed and developed payment policies for new technologies used in the inpatient hospital setting, including a policy to pay for new COVID-19 treatments authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Nigro’s previous experiences include serving as research analyst for President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in which she focused primarily on neuroethical issues arising from advances in neuroscience research and technology development. Dr. Nigro earned their doctorate in the History of Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco in 2020. Her dissertation examines the origins and evolution of neurophysiological research from the mid-19th to late 20th centuries. Dr. Nigro also holds a master’s degree in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.