Division Staff Contacts


Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences

To request more information or provide comments about NIGMS biophysics, biomedical technology, and computational biosciences programs, please contact the program staff below.

Dorothy  Beckett, Ph.D.
Dorothy Beckett, Ph.D.
Division Director

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Dr. Beckett oversees the division's research programs in biomedical technology, bioinformatics and computational biology.

Paula Flicker, Ph.D.
Paula Flicker, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Flicker manages predoctoral T32 Molecular Biophysics training grants, postdoctoral fellowships and K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Awards in Cell Biology and Biophysics.​

Anne Gershenson, Ph.D.
Anne Gershenson, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Gershenson oversees grants that apply molecular modeling methods, including multi-scale modeling and computational drug discovery, to specific biological problems.


Dmitriy Krepkiy, Ph.D.
Dmitriy Krepkiy, Ph.D.
Biomedical Technology Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Krepkiy manages biomedical technology research resources and other technology development grants in spectroscopy and structural biology.

Christina  Liu, Ph.D., P.E.
Christina Liu, Ph.D., P.E.
Biomedical Technology Branch
Branch Chief

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Dr. Liu oversees grants in Biomedical Technology Development and Dissemination, National and Regional Resources, and technology development grants, as well as grants that support the development of imaging probes, imaging techniques, and bioanalytical technologies.


Han Nguyen, Ph.D.
Han Nguyen, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Nguyen oversees grants in the areas of computational biology and computational chemistry.


Michael Sakalian, Ph.D.
Michael Sakalian, Ph.D.
Biophysics Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Sakalian manages research grants in the biophysical studies of the viral life-cycle and in biophysical studies of nucleic acids and nucleoprotein complexes.​​

Frank Shewmaker, Ph.D.
Frank Shewmaker, Ph.D.
Biophysics Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Shewmaker oversees grants involving the biophysical studies of protein structure, function, assembly, and aggregation.


Fei Wang, Ph.D.
Fei Wang, Ph.D.
Biophysics Branch
Branch Chief

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Dr. Wang manages research projects and small business innovation research grants in biophysics of membranes and membrane proteins.


Mary Ann Wu, Ph.D.
Mary Ann Wu, Ph.D.
Biomedical Technology Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Wu administers grant applications and awards for structural biology, in support of research resources and biomedical technology development.


Alvin  Yeh, Ph.D.
Alvin Yeh, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Yeh oversees NIGMS Technology Development grants, Biomedical Technology Development and Dissemination grants, and grants that develop technologies for microscopy and imaging and for investigating and manipulating cells.


Jean Yuan, Ph.D.
Jean Yuan, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Branch Chief

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Dr. Yuan oversees branch portfolios in development of computational, mathematical, statistical, and data science approaches for biomedical problems, and software/tools that have broad applicability and usage in biomedical research.​

Division of Data Integration, Modeling, and Analytics

To request more information or provide comments about NIGMS data integration, modeling, and analytics, please contact the program staff below.

Richard Aragon, Ph.D.
Richard Aragon, Ph.D.
Director

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​Dr. Aragon oversees the division, advising on the Institute's strategic planning activities, analyzing and evalutating its research and training programs, and serving as its legislative liaison.


David Bochner, Ph.D.
David Bochner, Ph.D.
Chief, Data Integration and Dissemination Branch

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​Dr. Bochner oversees the integration of multiple types of data stemming from various sources and formatting/delivering these data for multiple uses and audiences.​​


Krystal Kelly,
Krystal Kelly
Executive Staff Assistant/Program Specialist

​Ms. Kelly serves as a primary point of contact for the division to address requests for information and meeting scheduling.​


Andrew Miklos, Ph.D.
Andrew Miklos, Ph.D.
Chief, Data Modeling and Analytics Branch

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​Dr. Miklos manages the use of various analytic methods to generate quantitative data for program and process improvement and the development of better, more accurate predictive analytical models of program function.​


Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

To request more information or provide comments about NIGMS genetics and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology programs, please contact the program staff below.

Ronald Adkins, Ph.D.
Ronald Adkins, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Adkins oversees grants in the area of population genetics and evolution. He also co-manages grants in the area of transcriptional mechanisms.​

Alexandra Ainsztein, Ph.D.
Alexandra Ainsztein, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Ainsztein oversees grants in the areas of motor proteins, cytoskeletal filaments, and cellular signaling in growth.

Michael Bender, Ph.D.
Michael Bender, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Bender oversees grants in the areas of RNA processing, mRNA metabolism and translational control, and regulatory RNAs. He also oversees predoctoral T32 training grants in Genetics​.​

Sydella Blatch, Ph.D.
Sydella Blatch, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Blatch oversees research grants in the areas of protein processing and transport, membrane fusion, Golgi and endoplasmic reticulum.


Anthony Carter, Ph.D.
Anthony Carter, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Carter oversees grants in the areas of chromatin biology and epigenetics. He also co-manages grants in the area of transcriptional mechanisms.


Chi-Wing Chow, Ph.D.
Chi-Wing Chow, Ph.D.
Cell Biology Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Chow administers research grants in the areas of endocytosis, lysosomes, and related organelles, and developmental genetics. He also administers the Pathways to Independence Award (K99)​.

Bob  Coyne, Ph.D.
Bob Coyne, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Coyne oversees grants in the areas of microbiome, biofilms, and quorum sensing, as well as grants focused on chromosome and nuclear structures. ​He also manages postdoctoral fellowship (F32) and Bridges to the Doctorate (T32) awards.​

Shawn Drew Gaillard, Ph.D.
Shawn Drew Gaillard, Ph.D.
Acting Director
Branch Chief

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Dr. Gaillard oversees all research grants and activities in the division as well as overseeing grants focused on organismal response to environmental stressors.

Kenneth Gibbs, Ph.D.
Kenneth Gibbs, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Gibbs oversees research grants in the areas of stem cell biology that are not focused on the germline or regeneration.

Joseph Gindhart, Ph.D.
Joseph Gindhart, Ph.D.
Cell Biology Branch
Branch Chief

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Dr. Gindhart oversees grants focused on the mechanisms of cell division. He also co-manages the NIGMS (T32) Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)​.​


Andrea Keane-Myers, Ph.D.
Andrea Keane-Myers, Ph.D.
Genetic Mechanisms
Branch Chief

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Dr. Keane-Myers oversees grants in the area of chromosomal and genome stability.​​ She also co-manages the NIGMS (T32) Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)​ and the Pathways to Independence Award (K99)​.

Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.
Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Krasnewich oversees grants in the area of the genetic basis of human biology and co-manages grants in the area of transcriptional mechanisms. She manages the Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowships for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (F30).

Baishali Maskeri, Ph.D.
Baishali Maskeri, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Maskeri oversees research grants in the area of regulation of cell death pathways, autophagy, developmental genetics, and maintenance of cellular homeostasis. She also oversees grants in the areas of membrane biology and organelle biogenesis.


Andre  Phillips, Ph.D.
Andre Phillips, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Phillips oversees grants on gene regulatory networks (a set of genes, gene modifications or parts of genes, that interact in a coordinated manner with each other to control a specific cell function) and manages grants in the area of stem-cell based regeneration. He also oversees grants on cellular protein folding and degradation​.

Michael Reddy, Ph.D.
Michael Reddy, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Reddy oversees grants in the areas of DNA replication & repair. He also manages protein synthesis grants.

Michael Sesma, Ph.D.
Michael Sesma, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Sesma oversees research grants in the areas of the genetics of behavior and circadian biology, primarily in nonhuman research organisms.

Laurie Stepanek, Ph.D.
Laurie Stepanek, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Stepanek oversees research grants in the areas of membrane biology and organelle biogenesis.


Jianhua Xu, Ph.D.
Jianhua Xu, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Xu administers research grants on cell migration and adhesion along with cellular signaling in growth.

Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry

To request more information or provide comments about NIGMS pharmacology, physiology and biological chemistry programs, please contact the program staff below.

Charles Ansong, Ph.D.
Charles Ansong, Ph.D.
Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Ansong oversees grants in the areas of trace metal homeostasis, bioenergetics, and redox reactions.​
Kadir Aslan, Ph.D.
Kadir Aslan, Ph.D.
Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Aslan administers grants in the areas of biotechnology and chemical biology, as well as SBIR/STTR grants in the branch. He also oversees postdoctoral fellowships and serves in the NIH Diversity Program Consortium’s Sponsored Programs Administration Development (SPAD) program.​​

Oleg Barski, Ph.D.
Oleg Barski, Ph.D.
Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Barski oversees grants in the areas of enzyme catalysis and regulation, and intermediary metabolism. He also oversees postdoctoral fellowships and Pathway to Independence​ (K99/R00) awards in the division.

Michelle Bond, Ph.D.
Michelle Bond, Ph.D.
Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Bond oversees research grants covering glycoscience, synthetic biology, and natural products. She also manages institutional predoctoral training grants at the Chemistry-Biology Interface and is co-Director of the NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) program.

Patrick H. Brown, Ph.D.
Patrick H. Brown, Ph.D.
Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Brown oversees a portfolio of research project grants in synthetic methods and chemical catalysis. He also administers institutional predoctoral training grants in Biotechnology and individual predoctoral fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.​

Chris Chao, Ph.D.
Chris Chao, Ph.D.
Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Chao oversees research grants in the areas of calcium signaling and compartmentalization, injury and critical illness, and adaptive immune cell mechanisms.​​ He also manages career development awards in injury and critical illness, and institutional predoctoral training grants in Systems and Integrative Biology.

Miles Fabian, Ph.D.
Miles Fabian, Ph.D.
Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch
Branch Chief

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Dr. Fabian oversees research grants in protein and nucleic acid chemistry. He also administers institutional predoctoral training grants at the Chemistry-Biology Interface.​

Edgardo Falcón-Morales , Ph.D.
Edgardo Falcón-Morales , Ph.D.
Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Falcón-Morales oversees research grants in the area of multi-organ physiology. 

Martha Garcia, Ph.D.
Martha Garcia, Ph.D.
Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Garcia oversees grants in the areas of wound healing, drug biotransformation (including absorption, transport, distribution, metabolism, and excretion), as well as drug delivery strategies and determinants of drug kinetics. She also manages career development awards and institutional postdoctoral training grants in Clinical Pharmacology​.

Zuzana Justinova, M.D., Ph.D.
Zuzana Justinova, M.D., Ph.D.
Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Justinova oversees research grants in the area of anesthesiology and perioperative pain, and membrane channels. She also manages career development awards and institutional postdoctoral training grants in Anesthesiology​. ​

Sailaja Koduri, Ph.D.
Sailaja Koduri, Ph.D.
Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Koduri oversees research grants in cell surface receptors and their interactions, and​ intracellular mediators of signal transduction. She also manages institutional predoctoral training grants in the Pharmacological Sciences, as well as SBIR/STTR​ grants in the branch.​​ ​

Rochelle M. Long, Ph.D.
Rochelle M. Long, Ph.D.
Division Director

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Dr. Long oversees all research grants and activities in the Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry Division. 

Zhongzhen Nie, Ph.D.
Zhongzhen Nie, Ph.D.
Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch
Branch Chief

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Dr. Nie oversees grants in the areas of ion channels, and membrane components. He also oversees institutional predoctoral training grants in Molecular Medicine​.​

Miljan Simonovic, Ph.D.
Miljan Simonovic, Ph.D.
Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Simonovic oversees grants in the areas of metallobiology and enzyme catalysis​, protein and nucleic acid chemistry, and bioengineering and synthetic biology. He also manages postdoctoral fellowships.

Jiong  Yang, Ph.D.
Jiong Yang, Ph.D.
Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch
Program Director

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​Dr. Yang oversees grants in the area of synthetic organic chemistry. He also manages postdoctoral fellowships.​

Xiaoli  Zhao, Ph.D.
Xiaoli Zhao, Ph.D.
Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Zhao oversees grants in the areas of inflammation, innate immunity, and sepsis. She also oversees career development awards in sepsis, and institutional postdoctoral training grants in Injury and Critical Illness.​

Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity

To request more information or provide comments about NIGMS training, workforce development and diversity programs, please contact the program staff below.

TWD Staff

Sydella Blatch, Ph.D.
Sydella Blatch, Ph.D.
Predoctoral Basic Biomedical and Medical Science Training Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Blatch manages the Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) program, predoctoral research training grants in Transdiciplinary Basic Biomedical Sciences, and the Research on Interventions grant portfolio. As part of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium​, she manages the Sponsored Programs Administration Development (SPAD) program.​

Patrick H. Brown, Ph.D.
Patrick H. Brown, Ph.D.
Predoctoral Basic Biomedical and Medical Science Training Branch
Program Director

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Edgardo Falcón-Morales, Ph.D.
Edgardo Falcón-Morales, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral, Early Career, and Workforce Development
Program Director

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Kenneth Gibbs, Ph.D.
Kenneth Gibbs, Ph.D.
Undergraduate and Predoctoral Cross-Disciplinary Training
Branch Chief

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Kalynda Gonzales Stokes, Ph.D.
Kalynda Gonzales Stokes, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral, Early Career, and Workforce Development Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Gonzales Stokes manages grants in the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) programs. She also manages scientific conference grants (R13). As part of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium, she manages grants in the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) programs.

Marie Harton, Ph.D.
Marie Harton, Ph.D.
Undergraduate and Predoctoral Cross-Disciplinary Training Branch
Program Director

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Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.
Shakira Nelson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral, Early Career, and Workforce Development
Program Director

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Mercedes Rubio, Ph.D.
Mercedes Rubio, Ph.D.
Predoctoral Basic Biomedical and Medical Science Training Branch
Branch Chief

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Michael Sesma, Ph.D.
Michael Sesma, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral, Early Career, and Workforce Development
Branch Chief

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Training Program Staff from other Divisions

The following program staff manage predoctoral and/or postdoctoral training programs and fellowships in TWD, but are assigned organizationally to other NIGMS divisions.

Ronald Adkins, Ph.D.
Ronald Adkins, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Adkins manages predoctoral T32 training grants in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences.​

Kadir Aslan, Ph.D.
Kadir Aslan, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Aslan manages F32 NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowships in physiology, pharmacology and biological chemistry.


Oleg Barski, Ph.D.
Oleg Barski, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Barski manages K99/R00 Pathways to Independence awards and F32 NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowships in physiology, pharmacology and biological chemistry.​

Michael Bender, Ph.D.
Michael Bender, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Bender manages predoctoral T32 training grants in Genetics.​

Michelle Bond, Ph.D.
Michelle Bond, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Bond ​manages postdoctoral fellowship awards and institutional predoctoral training grants at the Chemistry-Biology Interface and is co-Director of the NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT)​ program.​

Chris Chao, Ph.D.
Chris Chao, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Chao manages K08 and K23 mentored career development awards​ in injury and critical illness. He also manages institutional predoctoral T32 training grants in Systems and Integrative Biology.

Bob Coyne, Ph.D.
Bob Coyne, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Coyne manages F32 NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowships in genetics, molecular, cellular and developmental biology.​

Miles Fabian, Ph.D.
Miles Fabian, Ph.D.
Branch Chief

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Dr. Miles oversees predoctoral T32 training grants at the Chemistry-Biology Interface.​

Paula Flicker, Ph.D.
Paula Flicker, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Flicker manages predoctoral T32 Molecular Biophysics training grants, postdoctoral fellowships and K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Awards in Cell Biology and Biophysics.​

Joseph Gindhart, Ph.D.
Joseph Gindhart, Ph.D.
Branch Chief

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Dr. Gindhart manages predoctoral T32 Medical Scientist Training Program grants.​

Zuzana Justinova, M.D., Ph.D.
Zuzana Justinova, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Justinova oversees research grants in the area of anesthesiology and perioperative pain. She also manages institutional postdoctoral training grants and career awards in anesthesiology. ​

Andrea Keane-Myers, Ph.D.
Andrea Keane-Myers, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Keane-Myers manages predoctoral T32 Medical Scientist Training Program grants and Pathway to Independence Award (K99)​ grants.​​

Sailaja Koduri, Ph.D.
Sailaja Koduri, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Koduri manages the predoctoral T32 training grants in Pharmacological Sciences and the TWD SBIR/STTR​ portfolio.​

Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.
Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Krasnewich manages the predoctoral T32 training grants in Molecular Medicine. She also manages the Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree F30 Fellowships for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs.​

Zhongzhen Nie, Ph.D.
Zhongzhen Nie, Ph.D.
Branch Chief

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Dr. Nie manages institutional predoctoral T32 grants in Molecular Medicine.​

Veerasamy (Ravi) Ravichandran, Ph.D.
Veerasamy (Ravi) Ravichandran, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Ravichandran oversees the predoctoral T32 training grants in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Biomedical Data Science, and postdoctoral F32 fellowships in Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.​

Frank Shewmaker, Ph.D.
Frank Shewmaker, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Shewmaker​ manages postdoctoral F32 fellowships in Cell Biology.​

Jianhua Xu, Ph.D.
Jianhua Xu, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Xu manages Postdoctoral T32 programs in medical genetics and F32 NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowships in genetics and molecular, cellular and developmental biology.​

Jiong  Yang, Ph.D.
Jiong Yang, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Yang manages F32 NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowships in physiology, pharmacology and biological chemistry.​

Xiaoli Zhao, Ph.D.
Xiaoli Zhao, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Dr. Zhao manages K08 and K23 mentored career development awards in sepsis and innate immunity, and Postdoctoral T32 programs in injury and critical illness.​


Division for Research Capacity Building

To request more information or provide comments about NIGMS capacity-building programs, please contact the program staff below.

Krishan Arora, Ph.D.
Krishan Arora, Ph.D.
Networks and Development Programs Branch
Branch Chief

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Dr. Arora oversees the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and STTR Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hubs for IDeA States, and manages grants for the INBRE, the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)​, and STTR Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hubs programs.​

L. Tony Beck, Ph.D.
L. Tony Beck, Ph.D.
Networks and Development Programs Branch
Program Director

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Federico Bernal, Ph.D.
Federico Bernal, Ph.D.
Research Advancement Programs Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Bernal oversees the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 2 initiative and the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) co-funding program. He also manages COBRE and Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) grants.​


Sheila A. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Sheila A. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Networks and Development Programs Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Caldwell oversees the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) program, and manages grants for the NARCH, the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE​) and the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE​) programs.​

Pauline Cupit, Ph.D.
Pauline Cupit, Ph.D.
Research Advancement Programs Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Cupit manages grants for the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program.

Crina Frincu, Ph.D.
Crina Frincu, Ph.D.
Research Advancement Programs Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Frincu oversees the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 3 initiative and manages grants for the COBRE and Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) programs.


Olga Kovbasnjuk, Ph.D.
Olga Kovbasnjuk, Ph.D.
Research Advancement Programs Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Kovbasnjuk manages grants for the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program.

Irina Krasnova, Ph.D.
Irina Krasnova, Ph.D.
Research Advancement Programs Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Krasnova oversees the Support for Research Excellence​ (SuRE) program and manages grants for the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program.​

Ming Lei, Ph.D.
Ming Lei, Ph.D.
Director

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Dr. Lei oversees the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) and other research capacity-building programs, which include the Institutional Development Award (IDeA), Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) and Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) as well as the Science Education Partnerships Awards (SEPA).

Lakshmi Kumar Matukumalli, Ph.D.
Lakshmi Kumar Matukumalli, Ph.D.
Networks and Development Programs Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Matukumalli manages grants for the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) programs.​

Michele McGuirl, Ph.D.
Michele McGuirl, Ph.D.
Research Advancement Programs Branch
Branch Chief

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Dr. McGuirl oversees the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase I initiative and manages COBRE grants.​

Lumy Sawaki-Adams, M.D., Ph.D.
Lumy Sawaki-Adams, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Advancement Programs Branch

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Dr. Sawaki-Adams manages grants for the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) pr​ogram, the Institutional Development Award Networks for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR​), and the Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) programs.​​​

Yang  Zhou, Ph.D.
Yang Zhou, Ph.D.
Networks and Development Programs Branch
Program Director

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Dr. Zhou manages grants for the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) and the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) programs.