Dr. McGowan has been the Director of the Division of Musculoskeletal diseases since 2008. She has been very active in osteoporosis and women's health activities at NIH and served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the Surgeon General’s Report on Osteoporosis and Bone Health published in 2004. Dr. McGowan also serves as the NIH Liaison to the Bone and Joint Decade Initiative and the National Bone Health Alliance. She now serves as one of the Coordinators of the Common Fund Project, Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans. Before joining NIH, she was a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School after completing her Ph.D. at Brown University.