Cathleen Cooper, PhD

Director, Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR)

Dr. Cathleen Cooper is the Director, Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR) at the Center for Scientific Review (CSR).  She came to this position after serving as Chief of the Oncology 1:  Basic Translational Integrated Review Group.  Earlier in her NIH career, she spent eight years as a Scientific Review Officer for CSR’s Experimental Immunology (EI) and Transplantation, Tolerance, and Tumor Immunology (TTT) study sections as well as a Referral Officer in DRR.  Her scientific career started with a baccalaureate degree in bacteriology from the University of California, Los Angeles.   Dr. Cooper then earned a Ph.D. in pathology at the University of Southern California where she studied naturally occurring delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions to mycobacteria.  She did her postdoctoral training in molecular immunology at Columbia University, with a focus on the molecular mechanisms that regular gene expression.  Her first faculty position was assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and the Cancer Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  There, she led a research team studying the molecular regulation of early events in hematopoietic development with special emphasis on B lymphocyte and neutrophil differentiation, work funded by NIH, American Cancer Society, and private foundations.  Dr. Cooper is the daughter and sister of long-time small business owners.

My Sessions

Lunch – SBIR/STTR Peer Review Mock Study Section

Coronado Room

This session will be led by the NIH Center for Scientific Review, the SBIR/STTR Peer Review Mock Study Section will give you a chance to see a small business peer review study section meeting in action.  You will hear frequent questions asked by reviewers and learn mistakes that small business applicants often make.  This session […]


Getting from Submission to Review & The Review Process

Coronado Room