As a Scientific Officer, Barbara Graves serves as a liaison to HHMI Investigators at universities and research centers in the U.S. regarding scientific and administrative matters. She attends all HHMI scientific meetings, Investigator reviews, and Medical Advisory Board meetings. Her activities include management of HHMI’s Investigator reviews, scientific meetings, and competitions for the Investigator program and various grants programs. She also interacts with HHMI leadership to coordinate Institute operations.

Graves joined HHMI in 2011, coming from the University of Utah, where she served as senior director of basic science at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and was a professor and chair in the department of oncological sciences at the School of Medicine. She was a member of HHMI's Medical Student Fellowship Review Panel from 1998 to 2001, and has served on program and grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and Wellcome Trust, among others. She was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in 2007.

Graves maintains her faculty position in the department of oncological sciences at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine. In her research, she investigates how sequence-specific DNA binding transcription factors regulate gene expression in normal and diseased states. The laboratory is now focused on the role of ETS transcription factors in cancer.

Graves earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Rice University and a PhD from the University of Washington in developmental biology. She completed her postdoctoral research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Carnegie Institute of Washington before joining the faculty of the University of Utah in 1986.

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