Joni Rutter

Deputy Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences


Joni L. Rutter, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Dr. Rutter is responsible for planning, executing and assessing the Center’s complex and multifaceted pre-clinical and clinical programs. Before joining NCATS, she served as the Director of Scientific Programs within the All of Us Research Program of the Precision Medicine Initiative (NIH), and prior to that as Director of the Division of Neuroscience and Behavior at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dr. Rutter received her Ph.D. from Dartmouth Medical School and completed a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.  She is recognized for her work in basic and clinical research in human genetics and in the study of genetic and environmental risk factors focusing on the fields of cancer and addiction.  Her primary scientific objective is in translating basic discoveries into clinical applications more efficiently.