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Division Staff Contacts

We welcome your questions and comments.

To request more information or provide comments about NIGMS cell biology and biophysics programs, please contact the program staff below or call 301-594-0828.

Alexandra Ainsztein, Ph.D.Alexandra Ainsztein, Ph.D.
Cell Biology Branch
Program Director
Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ainsztein oversees grants in the areas of membrane trafficking, the molecular mechanisms and dynamics of the secretory pathway, and organelle biogenesis.

James Deatherage, Ph.D.James Deatherage, Ph.D.
Cell Biology Branch
Branch Chief

Dr. Deatherage oversees grants in the areas of cell division, motility and organization, and technology development of light microscopy.

Paula Flicker, Ph.D.Paula Flicker, Ph.D.
Biophysics Branch
Program Director
Biographical Sketch

Dr. Flicker oversees grants in the areas of cellular signaling, diffraction analysis of biological macromolecules, and electron microscopy of molecules and cells.

Joseph Gindhart, Ph.D.Joseph Gindhart, Ph.D.
Cell Biology Branch
Program Director
Biographical Sketch

Dr. Gindhart oversees grants in the areas of motor proteins, cytoskeletal filaments and intracellular transport.

Zhongzhen Nie, Ph.D.Zhongzhen Nie, Ph.D.
Cell Biology Branch
Program Director
Biographical Sketch

Dr. Nie oversees grants in the areas of of cell adhesion, migration, membrane channels and gap junctions.

Peter Preusch, Ph.D.Peter Preusch, Ph.D.
Acting Division Director
Biographical Sketch

Dr. Preusch oversees grants in the areas of the biophysical properties of nucleic acids, nucleic-acid protein complexes and theoretical studies of protein-ligand interactions.

Michael Sakalian, Ph.D.Michael Sakalian, Ph.D.
Biophysics Branch
Program Director
Biographical Sketch

Dr. Sakalian oversees grants in the areas of cell and structural biology of the viral lifecycle as well as in structure-based drug design related to AIDS.

Ward Smith, Ph.D.Ward Smith, Ph.D.
Program Director
Biographical Sketch

Dr. Smith oversees grants in the area of the biophysical properties of proteins and advises on grants and activities related to structural biology.

Janna Wehrle, Ph.D.Janna Wehrle, Ph.D.
Biophysics Branch
Acting Branch Chief
Biographical Sketch

Dr. Wehrle oversees grants in the areas of protein folding, association and aggregation, as well as in the nuclear magnetic resonance of macromolecules.


This page last reviewed on October 30, 2017