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Rebecca (Becca) T. Latimer, PhD

Rebecca Latimer

Rebecca (Becca) T. Latimer, PhD

Director of Proposal Development

Dr. Rebecca (Becca) Latimer is the Director of Proposal Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Virginia. She leads the Proposal Development Unit which provides support for interdisciplinary proposals across the university. She also works with the Research Development team, is a member of Research Net, and the Community of Practice for Research Development (CoRD). Additionally, she is involved with designing, developing, organizing, and implementing training and workshops centered around funding discovery and proposal development for faculty, staff, students and fellows. Becca also works with the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) supporting and providing proposal development for scholars and members of the institute.

Prior to joining UVA, Becca completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Her project focused on the role of copper, specifically a cuproenzyme, in zebrafish development. Becca was also a Research Fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Davidson College in Davidson, NC, and a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where she studied the development of the avian intestine and an interchangeable potential between epicardium and gut mesothelium. In her spare time, Becca is involved in United States Masters Swimming and competes in swim meets and open water competitions throughout the year. She also volunteers as the treasurer for the state of Virginia Masters Swimming. When not in the pool or finishing up a proposal, she enjoys exploring the beautiful Virginia countryside (including a stop at a winery or brewery) with her husband and friends.