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Diane Bovenkamp, Ph.D.

BrightFocus Foundation

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Diane Bovenkamp, Ph.D.
Clarksburg, United States

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Vice President, Scientific Affairs
BrightFocus Foundation


B.Sc.H. (Honours, SSP Biochemistry) from Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Diane Bovenkamp, PhD, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, oversees all of BrightFocus’ research programs, serves as the scientific liaison for the organization in local, national, and international forums, and identifies and develops new research initiatives, partnerships, and funding policies consistent with the mission of BrightFocus. Dr. Bovenkamp comes to her current position after holding the position of Scientific Program Officer at BrightFocus, where she was responsible for the scientific execution of all three annual research pre-and post-award programs, ensuring a high level of scientific accountability, and fostering strong relationships within the scientific community.

Dr. Bovenkamp obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and conducted further research at the Johns Hopkins University Bayview Proteomics Center in the Division of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

In addition to her scientific background, Dr. Bovenkamp brings extensive experience communicating complex, evidence-based health and research information to the public, carried out while she was the Science Communications Specialist at BrightFocus Foundation, Director of Science Information and Programs at the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and Science Writing Intern with the Media Team at Johns Hopkins Medicine's Office of Corporate Communications.