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 $2.6 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 4,000 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.

NIGMS Grantees Receive Top U.S. Mentoring Award
July 6, 2018

Ming Lei to Direct Research Capacity Building Division
June 11, 2018

Early-Career Speaker Describes Genomic Antics of Ancient Vertebrate, Answers Questions from Undergrads
May 2, 2018

Requesting Your Input on the Draft NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science
March 5, 2018

Proposed Reorganization of NIGMS Scientific Divisions
November 20, 2017

Four NIGMS Grantees Recognized With 2017 Nobel Prizes
October 4, 2017

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 Subcommitee 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

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

Jon Lorsch: Making NIH Biomedical Research Data More Accessible, Readable Link to external Web site
(July 3, 2018)

Interview with Jon Lorsch, PhD, Director, NIGMS Link to external Web site
(June 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)

APS Leadership Meets With NIGMS Link to external Web site
The Physiologist (July 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)



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
iBioMagazine (October 19, 2015)

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