Barbara Graves organizes investigator competitions and periodic reviews. She also serves as a liasion to HHMI communications department and the Office of General Counsel on topics of material transfers.

A graduate of Rice University, Graves earned her PhD from the University of Washington and completed postdoctoral training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Carnegie Institute of Washington. Before joining HHMI in 2011, Graves served as senior director of basic science at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and she was professor and chair, department of oncological sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she conducted research and provided training with an emphasis on transcriptional regulation and cancer biology. She was a member of HHMI's Medical Student Fellowship Review Panel from 1998 to 2001, and she has served on program and grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and Wellcome Trust, among others. She was selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in 2007.

Graves continues to maintain a research program at the University of Utah in the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Her research investigates how sequence-specific DNA binding transcription factors regulate gene expression in normal and diseased states. The laboratory uses both biochemical and genomics approaches, and its current focus is the role of ETS transcription factors in cancer.