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Division Staff Contacts

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To request more information or provide comments about NIGMS genetics and molecular, cellular and developmental biology programs, please contact the program staff below or call 301-594-0943.

Alexandra Ainsztein, Ph.D.Alexandra Ainsztein, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Ainsztein oversees grants in the areas of chromosome and nuclear structures, and organismal response to the environment and microbe-host interactions.

Michael Bender, Ph.D.Michael Bender, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Bender oversees grants in the areas of RNA processing, mRNA metabolism and translational control, and regulatory RNAs. He also oversees predoctoral T32 training grants in Genetics.

Anissa J. Brown, Ph.D.Anissa J. Brown, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Brown oversees the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative, Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research and the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program and manages research grants in the area of protein synthesis.

Anthony Carter, Ph.D.Anthony Carter, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Carter is a program director in the NIGMS Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with specialization in the areas of chromatin biology and epigenetics.

James Deatherage, Ph.D.James Deatherage, Ph.D.
Cell Biology Branch
Branch Chief
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Dr. Deatherage is the chief of the Cell Biology Branch in the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He administers grants on cell division, organization, and motility.

Paula Flicker, Ph.D.Paula Flicker, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Flicker oversees grants in the areas of protein processing and export, and endoplasmic reticulum as well as in the area of membrane biology and organelle biogenesis. She also administers grants in the Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology and Computational Biology dealing with cryo-electron microscopy and other approaches.

Kenneth Gibbs, Ph.D.Kenneth Gibbs, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Gibbs oversees research grants in the areas of stem cell biology and regeneration.

Joseph Gindhart, Ph.D.Joseph Gindhart, Ph.D.
Developmental and Cellular Processes Branch
Branch Chief
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Dr. Gindhart oversees grants in the areas of motor proteins, cytoskeletal filaments, intracellular transport and protein quality control.

Tanya Hoodbhoy, Ph.D.Tanya Hoodbhoy, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Hoodbhoy oversees research grants in the area of developmental genetics and developmental signaling.

Daniel Janes, Ph.D.Daniel Janes, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Janes oversees grants in the areas of genetic variation, evolutionary genetics and modeling for infectious diseases.

Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Krasnewich oversees grants in the area of the genetic basis of human biology.

Stefan Maas, Ph.D.Stefan Maas, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Maas oversees grants in the areas of cell death, autophagy and homeostasis, as well as endocytosis, lysosomes, and related organelles.

Amanda Melillo, Ph.D.Amanda Melillo, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Melillo oversees grants in the areas of cell cycle, and cell growth and differentiation, postdoctoral fellowships in the areas of genetics and developmental biology and predoctoral training grants in cellular, biochemical and molecular sciences. She also serves as program director for the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository.

Michael Reddy, Ph.D.Michael Reddy, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Reddy oversees grants in the areas of DNA replication, organismal response to the environment and microbe-host interactions.

Desirée Salazar, Ph.D.Desirée Salazar, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Salazar oversees research grants in the area of stem cell biology and regeneration.

Michael Sesma, Ph.D.Michael Sesma, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Sesma oversees research grants in the areas of neurogenetics and the genetics of behavior, primarily in nonhuman model systems, and K99 career development grants in the areas of genetics and molecular, cellular and developmental biology.

Darren Sledjeski, Ph.D.Darren Sledjeski, Ph.D.
Genetic Mechanisms Branch
Branch Chief
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Dr. Sledjeski oversees grants in the area of transcription mechanisms and Protein Synthesis.

Kristine Willis, Ph.D.Kristine Willis, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Willis oversees grants in the area of mutagenesis and DNA repair and F32 postdoctoral fellowships.

Dorit Zuk, Ph.D.Dorit Zuk, Ph.D.
Division Director
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Dr. Zuk oversees grants for Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility.


This page last reviewed on January 29, 2018