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Eric Johnson Chavarria, Ph.D.

Program Director

Dr. Eric Johnson Chavarria manages a portfolio of grants focused on physical sciences in oncology, technology development, and engineering approaches for cancer biology. He has expertise in the biology of the cytoskeleton, protein structure, microfluidics and microfabrication, and single molecule technologies.

Along with managing grants, Dr. Johnson Chavarria is leading the division's advocacy initiative and a member of an NCI Equity Council Working Group, NIH QIS and Quantum Sensing in Biology Interest Group, and the DCB Data and Portfolio Analysis Group.

He is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion while leveraging open innovation approaches to foster multidisciplinary collaborations that address health and research challenges.


Research Programs

Dr. Johnson Chavarria also helps manage a DCB cooperative agreement program and a trans-agency initiative: 



Dr. Johnson Chavarria joined DCB in 2021, following a tenure as a Program Director in the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) and as a AAAS Science and Technology Fellow. 



  • Ph.D., Biophysics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Physics, University of Texas at San Antonio
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