Tiffany Brunson, Ph.D. ['09], MS
Tiffany A. Brunson, PhD., M.S., originally from Brooklyn, NY, moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 7, then to Long Island New York at the age of 10. She earned a B.S. in biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a M.S. from Long Island University in medical biology and a PhD in biomedical science from Morehouse School of Medicine in 2009.
Dr. Brunson was introduced to the federal government in August of 2009, as a postdoctoral fellow through a grant issued by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. During this time she designed scientific studies and analyzed data concerning single nucleotide polymorphisms and their association in early stroke onset for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health Newborn Screening & Molecular Branch.
In July 2010, Dr. Brunson was awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Emerging Leaders Fellowship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is one of 31 recipients of the 2010 fellows program, which attracted more than 1000 applicants. As an Emerging Leaders Fellow, Brunson served as a health scientist in the Laboratory Science, Policy, and Practice Program Office at the CDC. Her work was geared toward guiding policies that addresses the legal, social and ethical impacts in genetic laboratory testing and research. In addition to participating in the development of recommendations associated with genetic testing laboratories, Dr. Brunson has interacted with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Food and Drug Administration to suggest improvements for clinical laboratories.
Currently, Dr. Brunson works in the Office of Scientific Integrity for the Associate Director for Science as a health scientist and interacts with both the human research protection office and the privacy unit. In this capacity, she aids in facilitating the work of the institutional review board (IRB) by providing assistance for CDC staff engaged in research involving human participants such as clinical investigations that involve the use of drugs, biologics, or devices. Dr. Brunson liaises with the legal counsel of the privacy and confidentiality unit to provide input on the applicability of privacy laws and regulations as it pertains to federally funded human subjects research.
In her free time, Dr. Brunson enjoys spending time with her dogs, going to the movies, working out and sleeping.