Biographical Sketch: Sydella Blatch, Ph.D.

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Sydella Blatch, Ph.D., is a program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) and the Division of Genetics, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (GMCDB). She manages the Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE), predoctoral institutional training grants in the Biobehavioral Interface and Transdisciplinary Basic Biomedical Sciences, and a portfolio of cell biology grants involving protein processing and export, Golgi, and ER. Sydella is the lead program officer for the the NIH Diversity Program Consortium’s (DPC) Sponsored Programs Administration Development (SPAD) program and she co-manages Research on Interventions for the biomedical research workforce, Maximizing Access to Research Careers, and Support for Scientific Meetings.​

Prior to joining NIGMS, Sydella worked as a program manager in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease’s Office of Research Training and Development, as director of professional development for the American Society for Cell Biology, and was an associate professor of biology at Stevenson University.

Sydella​ earned a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Ph.D. in biology from Arizona State University. She conducted postdoctoral studies at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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