Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Roof is a Program Director in the Division of Translational research, where she will be overseeing the Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE) Program. She also works in the NIH Blueprint for Neurotherapeutics Program. Prior to this role, Dr. Roof was a Program Director at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), where she managed a clinical portfolio focusing on self-management of chronic diseases. This portfolio focused on patient-centered behavioral interventions. Prior to that, Dr. Roof was part of the NINDS SBIR and IGNITE programs and was part of the launch of IGNITE. Dr. Roof earned a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan. Her thesis work was on the development of peptide inhibitors of a cell signaling protein. Her postdoctoral fellowship was in the NINDS Intramural Molecular Neuropharmacology Branch, where she studied allosteric modulators and functionally selective ligands to Dopamine Receptors. This work involved high-throughput screening and characterization of hits.