Katie M. Vance, Ph.D.

Health Science Administrator


Dr. Katie M. Vance serves as a health science administrator in the Office of Data Sharing at NCI. In her role, she supports the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative and is involved in implementing data management and sharing policies.

Dr. Vance graduated from Emory University in 2012 with a doctorate in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology. While at Emory University, she studied the mechanisms controlling the pharmacology and kinetic features of activation of GluN1/GluN2D NMDA receptors. She also evaluated the role of GluN2D-containing NMDA receptors in synaptic signaling in the subthalamic nucleus using novel allosteric modulators developed in her lab. Dr. Vance’s interest in NMDA receptor-mediated synaptic activity continued during her postdoctoral fellowship at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, where she studied the role of astrocytic NMDA receptors in excitatory synaptic transmission in the hindbrain. Her graduate and postdoctoral work in translational research and drug discovery led her to pursue a career in clinical research, and she has been the director of clinical research for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for almost three years. In addition to managing the Office of Research Administration, Dr. Vance served on numerous academic committees and boards, including the Institutional Review Board, and developed the Research Scholars Track, a year-long program designed to educate resident physicians in clinical research. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles, with topics ranging from neuropharmacology to COVID-19.


  • Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI)