New RTI Fellows chosen

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — RTI International has named Grier Page, Ph.D., as an RTI Senior Fellow, and Sujha Subramanian, Ph.D., and Michael Willoughby, Ph.D., as RTI Fellows.

Since its establishment in 2001, the RTI Fellow Program has provided professional opportunities for exceptionally talented RTI staff committed to science, technology, research and policy analysis. The program is designed to support RTI's mission to improve the human condition, and includes three levels: Fellow, Senior Fellow and Distinguished Fellow.

Page, senior statistical geneticist and expert in genomics, has been named an RTI Senior Fellow. Page's work at RTI involves conducting methodological and applied research in all areas of statistical genetics and systems biology. His work aids in the understanding of disease processes, and his statistical methods for analysis of data allow basic science and clinical studies to be conducted more efficiently and cost effectively.

Additionally, Page has developed a number of tools for designing, planning, and interpreting genomic experiments. These include CressExpress.org, a tool for studying plant growth and development, and LungMap.net, a web-based project to understand the structural development of human lungs.

Page has a doctorate and master's degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a bachelor's degree in zoology and molecular biology from University of Texas at Austin. Page also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in statistical genetics at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Subramanian, a senior health economist, has been named an RTI Fellow. She is a leading expert in conducting economic evaluations, with a specialty in cancer programs. During her career, she has directed several program evaluations, including those assessing the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the National Program of Cancer Registries. Currently, she is leading the economic evaluation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program.  

Subramanian is spearheading research studies to build the evidence base for fostering wide-scale implementation of cancer screening programs in low- and middle-income countries. She is also directing a multi-country study on the economics of cancer registration to derive the cost and resources required to establish high quality cancer registries.

Subramanian has a doctorate in health economics and master's degree in applied economics and public finance from Clark University and a bachelor's degree in economics and business from Lafayette College.

Willoughby, a senior research public health analyst, has also been named an RTI Fellow. He is an expert in the development of self-regulation in children, with an emphasis on executive functions. His work looks specifically at how developmental changes in executive function during early childhood contribute to children's school readiness and risk for disruptive behavior disorders.

Willoughby is currently leading a project to create a computerized way of assessing preschool-aged children's executive functions. He has also held key positions on several grants funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Institute of Educational Sciences. 

In addition to his work at RTI, Willoughby is a research professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Department of Psychology. Willoughby has a doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana University.

 

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Highlights

  • RTI International has named Grier Page, Ph.D., as an RTI Senior Fellow, and Sujha Subramanian, Ph.D., and Michael Willoughby, Ph.D., as RTI Fellows
  • The RTI Fellow Program provides professional opportunities for exceptionally talented RTI staff committed to science, technology, research and policy analysis