Gammie to Direct NIGMS Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity Division

Announcement Date:
Dr. Alison E. Gammie

Alison E. Gammie

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Director Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., has announced the selection of Alison E. Gammie, Ph.D., as director of the Institute's Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD). She is expected to join the Institute in the late summer.

TWD is the focal point for NIGMS programs aimed at developing a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce. The division supports a variety of research training, career development and diversity-building activities at the undergraduate through faculty levels. As TWD director, Gammie will oversee these programs and lead strategic planning for the division, including optimizing approaches to address scientific workforce needs. She will also play a role in similar activities across NIH and among other federal and nonfederal agencies and organizations.

"NIGMS has a deep and long-standing commitment to research training, workforce development and diversity," Lorsch said. "Dr. Gammie's experience in research, teaching, mentoring and outreach, coupled with her vision and energy, position her exceptionally well to lead our broad range of TWD activities. I'm delighted that she is joining our senior leadership team."

Gammie is currently a senior lecturer in molecular biology at Princeton University. In addition, she directs the university's Program for Diversity and Graduate Recruitment in Molecular and Quantitative Biology and its Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular and Quantitative Biology. She is also an associate clinical member at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Gammie's research focuses on understanding how defects in DNA mismatch repair lead to cancer.

Among her honors are the American Society for Microbiology's William A. Hinton Research Training Award and mentoring and teaching awards from Princeton.

Gammie earned a B.A. in biology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Oregon Health & Science University. She conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University.

"I am looking forward to working with the staff at NIGMS to continue efforts to promote excellence in training, support the full range of scientific career possibilities for trainees and stimulate successful strategies to increase diversity in the biomedical research community," said Gammie.


To arrange an interview with Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., or Alison E. Gammie, Ph.D., contact the NIGMS Office of Communications and Public Liaison at 301-496-7301 or through our contact form​.