Genetics Grant Writer and Editor Dr. Greer : Experience with DOD, NSF and NIH Grants
Genetics Grant Writer Dr. Greer has more than 25 years medical and scientific communications writing experience. She has assignments on 4 professional editorial boards across disciplines to include neurobiology, endocrinology, immunology, genomics, and gerontology. Her expertise in writing, editing, and producing graphic content is proven by more than 50 peer reviewed publications. An expert presenter, Dr. Greer delivers exceptional slide decks for Keynote and International presentations, proving her abilities at communicating science to a wide variety of audiences. Having been awarded numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, independent organizations, and from the non-profit sector, Dr. Greer is familiar with a variety of granting mechanisms, from individual, multi-group, to multi-site awards.
Dr. Greer’s molecular genetics and translational science spans several fields. As a genetics grant writer, she has taken numerous scientific ideas from concept to proposal, award, through project facilitation, completion, funding reports and peer review. For example, Dr. Greer developed an original hypothesis that necrotizing meningoencephalitis (NME) was a genetic based disorder specific to the Pug Dog. As the human correlate to multiple sclerosis, Dr. Greer proposed and was awarded consecutive and continuing grants to investigate the invariably fatal disease. Utilizing genetic analyses of over 5000+ recruited study participants to determine the definitive haplotype of individuals susceptible and resistant to developing NME, Dr. Greer developed the clinical molecular genetic haplotype tests which are now commercially available. The tests are utilized by breed groups, individuals, and the AKC to improve breed health and genetics. These haplotypes have important implications for human medicine because this model is the only known natural example of multiple sclerosis outside humans.
Dr. Greer’s extensive experience with translational medicine extended further as she originated developing Canis familiaris as a natural model of human aging. Never housing animals in a laboratory (and hence making funding agencies very happy due to significantly decreased expense), Dr. Greer developed and established methods for sample collection and study participation through alternative means which have ultimately developed into crowdsourcing and “citizen science”. With a keen eye towards strict controls and guidelines, Dr. Greer is intricately familiar with strategizing studies to yield the highest quality results even when ideal conditions are not always possible. Through years of ongoing experience, today the dog is considered a supreme model of human aging due to its natural environment (lives with people rather than in a lab), its highly traceable genetic history, its highly developed medical surveillance, and its extreme correlation to human health factors (ie. the same genetic causes of disease as those identical diseases in the human). Given that both of the above study examples were proposed and developed at a time prior to their full acceptance, Dr. Greer gained a wide realm of experience directed towards producing and writing clear, convincing evidence for innovation, development, and change.
Dr. Greer studied Genetics at Texas A&M University while investigating the genetic factors leading to development of human neural tube defects. These investigations ultimately led the FDA to incorporate folate into bread and cereal in the US. Completing her M.S. at Texas A&M University, Dr. Greer characterized the reduced folate carrier gene, ultimately creating a knockout mouse demonstrating the receptor’s importance. Dr. Greer targeted her Ph.D. work towards designing, cloning, and expressing the estrogen receptor in a breast cancer cell line. Culmination of this work yielded the demonstration of a transposable element specific for the cancer cells, causing them to enter apoptosis.
Some of Dr. Greer ‘s grants that she has written and edited over the years include numerous NIH and NSF grants such as R01, R21, R25, R24, HBCU-UP, HBCU-RISE, CREST, EiR and others. She has been a reviewer for NSF and NIH.
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