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Joan Pifer

Director, Contracts and Grants
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Joan is responsible for the day-to-day management of all grants, loans and contracts awarded and received by the Biotechnology Center. She is a long-time grants administrator in the non-profit sector having joined the Center in 1987 after returning to her native North Carolina.

Before joining the Center, she was a grants officer for Foundation for Child Development and Russell Sage Foundation in New York City, and worked with the Pew Foundation's Dental Program at UNC Chapel Hill.

Joan holds a B.S. in Business Administration from NC Wesleyan College. She is a member of the National Contract Management Association, the Society of Research Administrators International, and participates in other regional professional groups.