MDI Biological Laboratory

Betsy Myers, Ph.D.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Myers is retired from the position of Program Director for Medical Research at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, where she worked to advance the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease by strengthening and supporting biomedical research.

She joined the foundation in 2005 and managed a portfolio of approximately $70 million in active research grants made to universities and research institutions and developed new grant programs.

She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Research Alliance from 2014–2020 (Chair of the Board from 2016–2018), which is a coalition of over 100 nonprofit funders of biomedical research that work together to maximize research impact.

She was also an active member of the following committees: Sharing Clinical Trial Data: An Action Collaborative at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine; the Initiative for Women in Science and Engineering Working Group at the New York Stem Cell Foundation; and the Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Before joining the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Betsy spent two decades as a researcher at academic medical centers. She has a BS from Duke University and PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She held academic appointments as instructor and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and associate professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.