About Us

Andrea Baruchin, Ph.D.

Dr. Andrea BaruchinDr. Baruchin is Senior Advisor to the President at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). In this role she is the liaison between the FNIH and the Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Important aspects of her job are to educate about the FNIH and its activities, and to proactively seek FNIH projects that support the Foundation’s mission to support the NIH in its mission to improve health, by forming and facilitating public-private partnerships for biomedical research, education, and training.


Prior to joining the FNIH, Dr. Baruchin was Chief of Staff in the Office of Research (OOR) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).  She planned and implemented strategic priorities for research at VUMC and was responsible for finding new strategies and new directions to move the research enterprise forward.  This included development and implementation of the Research Enterprise Strategic Plan, participation in recruitment efforts, policy development, coordination of philanthropy efforts between the OOR and the Medical Center Development Office, fostering collaborative research relations across the Vanderbilt campus and with research entities beyond the campus, and oversight of OOR activities such as the Discovery Lecture Series, internal and external awards, and the OOR Web site. Dr. Baruchin coordinated many of the activities necessary to translate planning into reality.

Dr. Baruchin previously served as Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. In this role she directed development efforts targeted to Vanderbilt University neuroscience research and training, fostered an interactive scientific environment for trans-institutional and interdisciplinary neuroscience research, and coordinated efforts for public outreach and education concerning the brain sciences.

Prior to working at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Baruchin held the position of Chief of Science Policy at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH. There Dr. Baruchin directed the Institute’s science policy, planning, congressional liaison, Office of National Drug Control Policy liaison, constituent relations and research ethics activities, and coordinated NIDA research training, science education, science meetings, and Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research programs.

Dr. Baruchin has also served as Associate Director for Science Policy in the Office of Science Policy and Program Planning at the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH.  She taught science at both the community college and college level, and worked as a research associate in enzymology, biochemical genetics, and cancer research laboratories.

Dr. Baruchin received her B.S. in biology and her M.S. in natural sciences with a biology concentration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology in the Department of Biology and the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Baruchin is the author of a number of scientific and science policy papers. She has received several awards for her service in the Federal government and serves as a member of professional organizations.

Contact information: abaruchin [at] fnih [dot] org