Donna Messersmith, Ph.D., is a Provider Education Specialist in the Education and Community Involvement Branch of the Division of Policy, Communications, and Education at the National Human Genome Research Institute. She provides support for genomics education projects for health professionals, including maintenance and development of the Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) and the Global Genetics and Genomics Community (G3C) patient simulations in genomics. As the Project Group Coordinator for the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC), Dr. Messersmith coordinates external healthcare professionals in developing and disseminating genomics educational resources. In addition, Dr. Messersmith provides project management, website content development, technological and science writing support for additional branch initiatives.Prior to this position, she led science writing, web development and educational contract support for several National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutes and health organizationsincluding the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the NIH Office of the Director.
Dr. Messersmith earned her bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Maryland, College Park and her doctorate in anatomy and cell biology from Georgetown University Medical Center. She conducted post-doctoral research in molecular neurobiology in the intramural program at the National Institute of Dental Research at NIH.
Last Updated: October 11, 2018