Tsahai Tafari, PhD, was the Associate Director, Merit Review at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She oversaw the work of the Merit Review Officers and promotes coordination among PCORI’s teams to ensure the scientific integrity of the merit review program. She served in this role, as well as other roles, between September 2013 and August 2016.
Tafari joined PCORI from SRA International, where she was a scientific review manager. While at SRA, she managed the scientific peer review process for several large research programs on behalf of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the Department of Defense. She also contributed to several process-improvement initiatives and program-evaluation projects. She began her tenure at SRA as a scientific review officer.
Before joining SRA, Tafari worked as a medical writer for MedThink Communications, where she created deliverables on therapeutic areas including pulmonary arterial hypertension, ulcerative colitis, and coagulative disorders. Her experience includes basic scientific research, clinical data analysis, peer review and program management, and program evaluation.
Tafari has a BA in history from Columbia University, and a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of California at San Diego, with a focus on cell biology. She completed post-doctoral training at Duke University and at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.