Stephanie FertigDirector, NINDS Small Business Programs
Stephanie J. Fertig joined the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in 2004 and currently serves as the Director for the NINDS Small Business Programs, which includes both small business innovative research (SBIR) and small business technology transfer (STTR) projects. Prior to this role, Ms. Fertig was part of the Repair and Plasticity cluster at NINDS, where her primary scientific interests included neural engineering and neuroprosthesis, as well as traumatic brain injury. Before coming to NINDS, Ms. Fertig earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry with a major in Physics from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. After completing her degree, she joined Nova Research, Inc. and worked as a researcher in the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington D.C. At NRL she contributed to multiple bioengineering projects, including the development of molecular switches, microbial fuel cells, microfluidics for use in biosensor applications, and a wide variety of biosensor systems. Ms. Fertig also received a M.B.A. from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2007.