Zlotnik Appointed MBRS Director
Dr. Hinda Zlotnik, a microbiologist with extensive experience in grant and program administration, has been appointed chief of the MBRS Branch at NIGMS.
Zlotnik had been working as a program director
in the MORE Division since 1999. She came to
NIGMS from the University of Puerto Rico School
of Medicine in San Juan, where she was director of
the Office of Sponsored Research and a professor in
the department of microbiology and medical zoology.
During her academic tenure, Zlotnik’s research
focused on pathogenic actinomycetes (bacteria
related to those that cause strep infections). In addition,
she was active in training underrepresented
minority students for careers in science, a major
aim of the MORE Division.
“Dr. Zlotnik brings a solid science background
and a sensitivity to the needs and concerns of the
grantee community,” said Dr. Clifton Poodry. “She
has earned the respect of colleagues here at NIH as
well as from the directors of MORE programs
across the country.”
Zlotnik succeeds Dr. Ernest Márquez, who
directed the MBRS Branch from 1996–2002 and
who is now associate director for special populations
at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Zlotnik earned her undergraduate degree
in biochemistry and microbiology from the
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de
México in Mexico City, and her Ph.D.
in microbiology and immunology from
Temple University in Philadelphia.
She did postdoctoral work at Temple
University’s Skin and Cancer Hospital,
as well as at the National Institute of
Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
Diseases’ (NIDDK) Laboratory of
Enzymes and Biochemistry. In 1995,
she spent 6 months as an NIH extramural
associate, performing assignments
with the MARC Branch and with the
National Institute on Deafness and
Other Communication Disorders.
Zlotnik is a member of several scientific
societies, including the American
Association for the Advancement of Science,
the American Society for Microbiology, the
International Society for Human and Animal
Mycology, and the Medical Mycological Society of
the Americas. She served as president of the Puerto
Rico Society of Microbiologists from 1991–1992
and editor of the Medical Mycological Society of the
Americas newsletter from 1994–1997.
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