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). She manages the Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) program, predoctoral institutional training grants in Transdisciplinary Basic Biomedical Sciences, and the Bridges to the Doctorate program​. As part of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium​, she manages the Sponsored Programs Administration Development (SPAD) program. Sydella also manages a portfolio of grants on organismal responses to environmental stressors in the Division of Genetics, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (GMCDB).

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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