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Meet our BioTech Training & Conferences Management Team

We are eager to assist you with all of your training and conference management needs! 

CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR | John F. Finerty, Ph.D.

Dr. Finerty has been in and around NIH since 1966, and currently serves (since 1975) as the FAES graduate school, Department Chair for the Immunology and Microbiology department.  His career focus is in the area of immunology of cancer and infectious diseases. His scientific experience and expertise span many decades working as a senior scientist with NIH (Program Director, Retinal & Choroidal Diseases Branch, NEI; and Branch Chief of the Immunobiology and Immunochemistry Branch, EAP,NlAID). 

ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR, BIOTECH TRAINING, CELLSERV & CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT SERVICES | Ashanti Edwards, M.A.

Ashanti Edwards, is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she received her Masters of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She also received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Business and Management.  Prior to joining FAES, Ashanti worked at the Johns Hopkins University's Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT), where she was the Academic Administrator of several research and training programs funded through HHMI, NIH, DoD and NSF. Ashanti has vast experience in higher education, grant writing, program development, career services, and curriculum development. Ashanti is responsible for the administration of all training, conference management services, and CellServ program.  She manages the Biotech, Training, and Conferences, & CellServ staff.  She may be reached at email: ashanti.edwards@nih.gov and/or telephone number (301) 594-1475.

BIOTECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE SCIENTIST | OPEN

BIOTECHNOLOGY LAB TECH | Lingfeng Cheng, Ph.D.

REGISTRATION SPECIALIST & MEMORIAL FUND COORDINATOR | Carline Coote

Carline Coote has worked in the FAES Conference Department for over 14 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Sciences and is responsible for registration and payment administration for all-conference and training events. Carline is also responsible for coordinating FAES’ memorial funds' invoices in support of sponsorship of several Memorial Funds including the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) and others listed below. Carline may be reached at email: ccoote@od.nih.gov and telephone number (301) 496-7975.

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, BIOTECH & CELLSERV | Antonisha Morrison

Antonisha Morrison is responsible for the day-to-day administrative support for the CellServ program and is the program assistant for Biotech and Conferences.  Antonisha can be reached at email antonisha.morrison@nih.gov and telephone number 301-496-7977.

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, BIOTECH & CONFERENCES | Tieyara Jones

We Also Administer Several Memorial Funds

  • Sato Memorial Fund – Set up by former NIH scientist, Yoshio Sato, to encourage the development of pharmacology, therapeutics, and pharmaceutical sciences through the exchange of scientists between Japan and the United States of America.
  • Astute Clinician Memorial Fund – Established in 1997 by former NIH scientist Dr. Robert Miller as an annual Lecture to recognize a physician who has made an important clinical observation that has served as a focus for research.
  • John Doppman Memorial Fund – Established by the wife of late NIH scientist, Dr. John Doppman to support the annual John Doppman Memorial Lecture.
  • Pisano Memorial Fund – A travel grant administered by the FAES for the purpose of encouraging historical research relating to the NIH intramural programs.
  • Aurbach Memorial Fund – Provides tuition assistance for needy FAES graduate school students.
  • Rose Lieberman Memorial Fund – Rose Lieberman was a distinguished scientist in the NIAID, NIH Laboratory of Immunology. Upon her death, friends and colleagues established a fund to support the Rose Lieberman Memorial Lecture to be given annually at the Bethesda campus of the NIH, the first of which was given in 1993.

FAES is dedicated to promoting advanced education in the sciences and supporting biomedical research within the NIH intramural program and to the greater biomedical community.