Cassie Holmes completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Georgetown University in the family nurse practitioner program. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the College of William & Mary. Cassie has previous nursing experience in the neurosurgical intensive care unit and primary/urgent care. Before joining the Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section at the NIAMS, she was a clinical research nurse practitioner at the NIAID. While at the NIAID, she cared for autoinflammatory disease patients on a natural history protocol and contributed to translational research.

Research Statement

Cassie Holmes’s interest in clinical research began with a neurosurgical research internship at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked closely with Dr. Bizhan Aarabi and his team, culminating in her first publication in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. She developed a strong commitment to ethical, high-quality human subject research, leading her to pursue a career in clinical research at the National Institutes of Health.

Her current research interest is investigating skin microbes in patients with inflammatory skin disease and in healthy individuals. She works closely with Dr. Heidi Kong and her team in conducting translational studies to gain insight into the pathogenesis of skin diseases.

Scientific Publications

Comparative effectiveness of surgical versus nonoperative management of unilateral, nondisplaced, subaxial cervical spine facet fractures without evidence of spinal cord injury: clinical article.

Aarabi B, Mirvis S, Shanmuganathan K, Vaccaro AR, Holmes CJ, Akhtar-Danesh N, Fehlings MG, Dvorak MF
J Neurosurg Spine.
2014 Mar;
doi: 10.3171/2013.11.SPINE13733
PMID: 24405465


Georgetown University 
M.S., Nursing (2020)

Virginia Commonwealth University 
B.S., Nursing (2016)

College of William & Mary 
B.S., Neuroscience (2015)


Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner 
Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section, NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda, MD (2021-Present)

Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner 
Translational Autoinflammatory Disease Section, NIAID, NIH, Bethesda, MD (2020-2021)

Clinical Nurse 
Patient First, Leesburg, VA (2018-2020)

Neurosurgical ICU Nurse 
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2017-2018)

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