Mari Kimura, MS, PhD, is a Program Officer in the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Prior to this role, she served as a Merit Review Officer, where she was responsible for organizing and managing the comprehensive scientific and technical review of applications submitted for PCORI funding, ensuring the integrity of the merit review process, and providing technical assistance to PCORI’s standing panels and other external reviewers.
Before joining PCORI, Kimura served as a science and technology policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the U.S. Department of State and National Science Foundation. Her experience includes managing an international program on chemical safety and security, helping launch a program to digitize biological research collections, building partnerships in the private sector, conducting basic research, and teaching undergraduates. Her research focused on understanding the dynamics of disease in nature using molecular genetic tools.
Kimura received a BA in English from Columbia University, a MS in biology from San Francisco State University, and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.