Dr. Tuba Fehr joined the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in 2023 as a Program Director in the Division of Discovery Science and Technology (DDST). Prior to joining NIBIB, Dr. Fehr was a program officer at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where she managed systems developmental biology and developmental genetics and genomics portfolios, and served on the leadership team for the Kids First pediatric research program. Dr. Fehr joined NICHD’s Division of Extramural Research in 2017 as a science and technology policy fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In this capacity, she served on NIH-wide committees and worked on initiatives and policies related to intellectual and developmental disabilities research, newborn screening, clinical genomics and rare diseases. Previously, Dr. Fehr was an NIH National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she studied signaling defects and the molecular mechanisms underlying a rare lysosomal storage disorder using cellular and mouse models. During her postdoctoral training, Dr. Fehr also held local and national leadership positions, where she worked on policies and initiatives aimed at improved benefits, professional development opportunities, and career mentoring for postdocs.
Dr. Fehr holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University and B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics and B.Sc. in Chemistry from Boğaziçi University in Turkey.