Biographical Sketch: Shawn Gaillard, Ph.D.

Shawn Drew Gaillard, Ph.D., is director of the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (GMCDB) where she oversees all research grants and activities​. Immediately prior to this role, she was chief of the GMCDB Developmental and Cellular Processes Branch, where she administered research grants focused on organismal response to environmental stressors. Before that, she was the research training officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Prior to that position​, Gaillard was a program officer in the NIGMS Genetics and Developmental Biology Division (predecessor to GMCDB) and in the Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) Division. 

Gaillard received a bachelor's degree in natural sciences with a concentration in chemistry from Spelman College. She conducted predoctoral research training at the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). She earned her Ph.D. in biology from Howard University and conducted predoctoral and ​postdoctoral research at NIDDK​.

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