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Meet the Cell Day Scientists

Cell Day 2014

Alexandra AinszteinAlexandra Ainsztein, Ph.D.
Alexandra is a program director in the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics. She manages research grants related to membrane trafficking, the molecular mechanisms and dynamics of the secretory pathway and organelle biogenesis. More>>

Michael BenderMichael Bender, Ph.D.
Michael is a program director in the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, where he manages grants in the areas of RNA processing and protein synthesis. More>>

Jessica Faupel-BadgerJessica Faupel-Badger, Ph.D.
Jessica is a program director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry. She directs the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program and administers Pathway to Independence Awards. More>>

Joe GindhartJoe Gindhart, Ph.D.
Joe is a cell biologist in charge of research grants on cell movement, cell structure and the transport of molecules within cells. He was a faculty member at a university. More>>

Susan GregurickSusan Gregurick, Ph.D.
Susan is the director of Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. She is a leader in computational biology who has held positions in both government and academia. More>>

Susan HaynesSusan Haynes, Ph.D.
Susan is chief of the Developmental and Cellular Processes Branch in the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, where she manages grants in the area of stem cell biology and regeneration. More>>

Donna KrasnewichDonna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.
Donna is a geneticist who manages research grants on genetic traits and genetic variation. She is also a pediatrician and has done research on genetic diseases that affect how some kids metabolize lipid, or fats. More>>

John LaffanJohn Laffan, Ph.D.
John is a scientific review officer in the Office of Scientific Review. He is responsible for managing the review of selected research training, program project, center and Minority Biomedical Research Support program grant applications. More>>

Jon R. LorschJon R. Lorsch, Ph.D.
Jon is the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. In this position, he oversees the Institute's $2.291 billion budget, which primarily funds basic research in the areas of cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical technology, bioinformatics and computational biology. More>>

Carrie LucasCarrie Lucas, Ph.D.
Carrie is a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Lenardo in NIAID. Her research uses integrative cell biological, biochemical, and proteomic approaches to explain human diseases of the immune system.

Peter LysterPeter Lyster, Ph.D.
Peter is a program director in the Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, where he manages grants in biological modeling and bioinformatics. More>>

Stefan MaasStefan Maas, Ph.D.
Stefan is a program director in the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology. He manages research grants in the areas of cell growth and differentiation, as well as regulatory signal transduction networks. More>>

Richard OkitaRichard Okita, Ph.D.
Dick is a program director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry, where he administers grants in the areas of drug metabolism and transport, drug-induced toxicology and drug delivery. More>>

Brian PikeBrian Pike, Ph.D.
Brian is a scientific review officer in the Office of Scientific Review. His responsibilities include managing the review of selected postdoctoral research training and specialized center grant applications, as well as various NIGMS initiatives More>>

Douglas SheeleyDouglas Sheeley, Sc.D.
Doug is a senior scientific officer in the Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. He is also the project team leader of the NIH Common Fund Technology Centers for Networks and Pathways program which was designed to advance the field of proteomics. More>>

Darren SledjeskiDarren Sledjeski, Ph.D.
Darren is chief of the Genetic Mechanisms Branch in the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, where he administers research grants in the areas of transcription mechanisms and symbiotic relationships and community ecology. More>>

Lee SliceLee Slice, Ph.D.
Lee is a scientific review officer in the Office of Scientific Review. He manages the review of Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications and Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program grants. More>>

Ward SmithWard Smith, Ph.D.
Ward is chief of the Structural Genomics and Proteomics Technology Branch in the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics, where his responsibilities include directing the NIGMS Protein Structure Initiative. More>>

Alex ValmAlex Valm, Ph.D.
Alex is a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Julie Segre in NHGRI. His research on the human microbiome makes use of novel microscopy technologies to understand how the structure of bacterial and fungal communities on the human body are involved in health and disease.

Margaret 'Peggy' WeidmanMargaret "Peggy" Weidman, Ph.D.
Peggy is a scientific review officer in the Office of Scientific Review. Her duties include managing the review of research, training and program project grant applications. More>>

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