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Research Project Description

Blood and Tissue Safety Fellowship
Division of Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD


Project Description:

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Division of Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The selected participant will assist with program management for research projects currently underway within the division relating to U.S. blood and tissue safety and availability.  Additionally, the fellow will closely collaborate with Blood and Tissue organizations and FDA Blood and Tissue Offices to ensure their needs are addressed by the federal Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability and assist with planning these Committee Meetings.

Opportunities may include:

  • Looking at topics relating to blood and tissue collection and utilization, transfusion-transmissible infections in blood donors, and infectious disease markers in potential organ and tissue donors
  • Coordinating activities relating to the Advisory Committee for Blood and Tissue Safety, including biannual meetings and subcommittees
  • Drafting memos, correspondence, and presentations relating to activities of the office for department and public use and distribution

The Research Participation Program for DHHS is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of OASH contingent on the availability of funds and project needs. The participant will receive a monthly stipend based on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at OASH in the Rockville, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of OASH, DHHS, or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


  • A Master’s degree in public health received within the last five years, with an understanding of blood transfusion and tissue transplant concerns or a background in infectious disease.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory requirements for blood and tissue transplantation, familiarity with blood and tissue organizations, and some transplant experience is desired.

How to Apply:

To be considered, send a current CV/resume to the attention of Please reference DHHS-OASH-2014-0109 in all communications.