Dr. Perry has been a program leader in the Office of Strategic Coordination since 2007, overseeing the development, implementation and assessment of several cutting edge programs. Prior to joining the Office of the Director, Dr. Perry was a program director for the National Cancer Institute, where she oversaw a grant portfolio focused on research in aspects of molecular biology of particular relevance to cancer. Dr. Perry also maintains a laboratory at the National Cancer Institute, employing genetically engineered mice to explore the relationship between development and cancer. Her background in cancer research is founded on a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina and post-doctoral fellowships at Princeton University and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London (now part of Cancer Research, UK). For seven years, she led a cancer research laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she succeeded in winning two NIH grants, publishing several papers, and training five Ph.D. students, two of whom are now professors.