Steering Committee

Rina Das, Ph.D.

Bio Portrait

Rina Das

NCI Program Scientist

Dr. Das is a program director at the Disparities Research Branch within the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities at the National Cancer. Dr. Das manages disparity research programs and administers to grant programs designed to improve diversity of cancer research within the workforce through training, career development, the Minority Institution/Cancer Center partnership program, and investigator initiated programs.

Prior to her appointment at National Cancer Institute (NCI), Dr. Das served as Scientific Review Officer at the National Institute of Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Her responsibilities included reviewing different grant mechanisms including investigator initiated, center grants, career development awards, and loan repayment programs. She was a member of the Data Access Committee (DAC) for the NHLBI Supported Genome Wide Association Studies, the Genetics and Genomics Working Group, and the NHLBI Training Committee. She also co-chaired the working group on Computational Models for Analyzing Genotype-Phenotype Associations in Rare Diseases at NHLBI. The report is published at

Dr. Das received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India. Her postdoctoral training in breast cancer research at the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology at NCI, NIH. She also served as a Group Leader at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research at the Department of Molecular Pathology where she was involved with genomics research in the fields of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and host immune responses. Her research interests include genomics, cancer biology, bioinformatics, basic and preclinical research in host immune responses. Dr. Das has over 40 scientific publications and 2 patents in the field of genomics.