Jean Flagg-Newton, Ph.D., holds a B.S. from Tennessee State University, earned a Ph.D. in physiology at Harvard University, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida. Dr. Flagg-Newton began her career as a research associate and later became an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has served in a number of capacities at the NIH, including scientific review administrator (National Institute of General Medical Sciences); program officer for the Research Collaborative Awards Program and the Minority International Research Training Program (both at Fogarty International Center [FIC]); Minority Health Initiative coordinator, and Deputy Director, Office of Research on Minority Health, NIH; and Deputy Director and Chief, Office of Research, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Flagg-Newton returned to FIC in 2004 as a special assistant in the Office of the Acting Director. She is currently a special assistant to the EA Program director and a program officer for the Program, within the NICHD Division of Special Populations.