Esmeralda “Emi” Casas-Silva, Ph.D.

Health Science Administrator

  • Current Role

    Current Role

    As a health science administrator and program director, I apply my biomedical sciences and policy background in support of the Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC), including development oversight of NCI’s Clinical Trials Data Commons. I also co-lead NCI’s Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Cancer Research (ENRICH) forum, and I contribute to the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health’s (GA4GH’s) efforts to enable genomic data sharing for the benefit of human health.

  • Projects


    Stylized image of a cloud showing repositories of data represented by circles with small icons hovering over top. The repositories include canine, imaging, genomic, and other types of data.

    NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC)

    Connects researchers with data sets and tools to analyze large- scale cancer research data in the cloud.
    Image shows cells treated with hematoxylin and eosin staining (H&E), a process that helps scientists differentiate between normal and diseased cell structures. Here H&E staining shows several bright pink cells, many of which are in the process of dividing, indicating the presence of cancer cells.

    NCTN/NCORP Data Archive

    Stores and shares datasets generated from NCTN and NCORP clinical trials.
  • Publications
  • In the News

    In the News

    NCI staff contributed to an October 2023 publication that highlights how the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) coalition is creating a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment within its standards and members. This is to prevent continuing biases in genomics data collection methods and the genomics workforce. By taking actions to address such changes, the GA4GH coalition hopes to inspire others to do the same and make genomic data more representative of the global community.
    Are you planning to attend this year’s American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting? Make sure to add these NCI-affiliated data science activities to your schedule!
    Celebrate the NCI team that recently received a 2022 FedHealthIT Innovation Award for their commitment to advancing cancer research through work proteomics efforts such as the Proteomic Data Commons.
  • Background



    • Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA)
    • Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of California, San Diego

    Previous Work

    • Scientific Program Manager/Science Policy, Biorepositories and Biospecimen Branch, NCI’s Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow, NCI
    • Research Technician, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    • Program Manager, American Red Cross (San Diego, CA)