NIGMS Director

Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D.

Biographical Sketch

Curriculum Vitae [PDF, 129KB]

Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., became the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) in August 2013.

In this position, Lorsch oversees the Institute's $2.9 billion budget, which supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

NIGMS supports more than 3,000 investigators and 5,000 research grants–around 11 percent of the total number of research grants funded by NIH as a whole. Additionally, NIGMS supports around 26 percent of the NRSA trainees who receive assistance from NIH.
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Jon R. Lorsch
Jon R. Lorsch
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Messages to the Scientific Community

These messages appeared on the NIGMS Feedback Loop blog, which alerts researchers to NIGMS funding opportunities, trends, and plans. See all Feedback Loop Director's Messages.

New NIGMS Web Resource on Safety in the Lab and Other Training Environments​
April 9, 2020​

NIGMS Virtual Learning Resources for Scientists at All Career Stages
March 23, 2020

NIGMS Statement in Support of Diverse and Inclusive Meetings and Conferences
June 25, 2019

Update on NIH’s Efforts to Address Sexual Harassment in Science
March 1, 2019

NIH Statement: Changing the Culture of Science to End Sexual Harassment
September 24, 2018

Avoiding Hype and Enhancing Awareness in Science Communication
September 6, 2017

Moving Further Afield
September 21, 2016

Revisiting the Dependence of Scientific Productivity and Impact on Funding Level
July 8, 2016

Catalyzing the Modernization of Graduate Education
November 30, 2015

A Shared Responsibility and More on My Shared Responsibility Post
January 5, 2015 and January 12, 2015

Hypothesis Overdrive
March 26, 2014

Bolstering Our Commitment to Investigator-Initiated Research
January 13, 2014


Statements to Congress

Appropriations Subcommittee Statement on the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
March 30, 2018

Appropriations Subcommittee Statement on the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
April 7, 2016

Appropriations Subcommittee Statement on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
April 30, 2015

Appropriations Subcommittee Statement on the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
July 17, 2014


Articles and Interviews

COVID-19 Special Edition with Dr. Jon Lorsch Link to external web site
ASBMB Pipettes and Politics Podcast (April 8, 2020)

Biomedical Research and the NIH in the Age of COVID-19 Link to external web site
Swarthmore College SwatTalk (April 6, 2020)

MIRA at Three Years: Maximizing NIGMS' Research Investment Link to external Web site
ASCB Newsletter (July 2, 2019)

Visual Artist, Biochemist, and Justice Advocate Named 2019 Honorary Degree Recipients Link to external Web site
Swarthmore News (January 22, 2019)

NIGMS—Leading the Way in STEM Education & Training Link to external Web site
Scientia Global (August 9, 2018)

NIGMS—Interview with NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch Link to external Web site
Scientia Global (August 24, 2017)

Perspective: Sustaining the Big-Data Ecosystem Link to external Web site
Nature (November 5, 2015)

Maximizing the Return on Taxpayers' Investments in Fundamental Biomedical Research Link to external Web site
Molecular Biology of the Cell (May 1, 2015)

NIGMS to Pilot New Grant Program Link to external Web site
ASBMB Today (February 2015)

Fixing Problems With Cell Lines Link to external Web site
Science (December 19, 2014)

American Society for Cell Biology TV Interview Link to external Web site
(December 8, 2014)

Q&A with NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch Link to external Web site (May 7, 2014)

Agency Spotlight - NIGMS, Interview with NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch, Ph.D. [PDF, 2.2MB] Link to external Web site
American Thoracic Society Research News Quarterly (February 2014)

C&EN Talks With Jon Lorsch Link to external Web site
Chemical & Engineering News (November 4, 2013)

Meet the Newest IC Director: NIGMS's Jon Lorsch
NIH Record (August 16, 2013)



Swarthmore College Commencement Remarks on May 26, 2019
Biomedical Beat (June 19, 2019)

2015 SACNAS National Conference: Keynote Presentation on October 31, 2015 Link to external Web site
YouTube (December 9, 2015)

Jon Lorsch: Lab Size: Is Bigger Better? Link to external Web site
iBiology (October 19, 2015)

Jon Lorsch: Why Scientific Public Service? Link to external Web site 
iBiology (April 4, 2014)