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Last Updated: 07/21/14

Helen Moore, Ph.D.

Branch Chief, BBRB

Dr. Moore leads the NCI Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch (BBRB). As Chief she sets the direction and strategic vision for the Branch and oversees a complex set of projects related to biobanking:

  • Biospecimen Science research conducted under the Biospecimen Research Network (BRN)
  • Acquisition of biospecimens for the NIH Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) Program
  • The Biospecimen Research Database, a Web-based Biospecimen Science literature database
  • Biobanking economics research
  • The NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources

Dr. Moore speaks nationally and internationally about BBRB and biobanking, publishes articles related to BBRB and related initiatives, and serves as expert reviewer and as member of advisory boards. Dr. Moore previously led BBRB’s Biospecimen Research Network (BRN). Under her leadership, the BRN grew from concept stage to an internationally known, multidimensional program. The BRN encompasses extramural research programs, a Web-based biospecimen literature database, and community outreach activities including the BRN Symposium, “Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science.”

Dr. Moore is a molecular biologist with a broad background in research and development. She came to the NCI from Celera Genomics, where she led and managed cross-functional teams to develop bioinformatics products focused on comparative genomics and data visualization; developed new drug targets for complex diseases using multiple approaches including genetic analysis of disease association study data, biological pathways analysis, literature mining, and genomic analysis; and contributed to the assembly and annotation of the human genome. Dr. Moore earned her doctorate at Cornell University and her B.A. degree at Wellesley College.