Philip J. Brooks

Program Director

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Philip John (P.J.) Brooks is a Program Director in the Office of Rare Diseases Research in the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Prior to taking on this role, he was in the NCATS Division of Clinical Innovation, where he was the lead program director for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Collaborative Innovation Awards, designed to fund projects that will result in novel and creative approaches to overcoming roadblocks in translational science. In addition to his work in NCATS, Brooks is the Working Group Coordinator for the NIH Common Fund Somatic Cell Genome Editing Program https://commonfund.nih.gov/editing.
Dr. Brooks earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and received his Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rockefeller University, Brooks became an investigator in the intramural program of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He developed an internationally recognized research program focused on two distinct areas: the molecular basis of alcohol-related cancer, and rare neurologic diseases resulting from defective DNA repair.