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Division Staff Contacts

We welcome your questions and comments.

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

Michael Bender, Ph.D.Michael Bender, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Bender oversees grants in the areas of RNA processing, protein synthesis, mRNA metabolism and translational control, and regulatory RNAs. He also serves as program director for the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository.

Anthony Carter, Ph.D.Anthony Carter, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Carter oversees grants in the areas of chromosome organization and epigenetics.

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

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.

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.
Developmental and Cellular Processes Branch
Acting Branch Chief
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Dr. Maas oversees grants in the areas of cell death, autophagy and homeostasis.

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 as well as postdoctoral fellowship grants in the areas of genetics and developmental biology

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 grants in the areas of neurogenetics and the genetics of behavior, primarily in nonhuman model systems, and K99 grants in the areas of genetics 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.

Kristine Willis, Ph.D.Kristine Willis, Ph.D.
Program Director
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Dr. Willis oversees grants on mutagenesis and the repair of DNA damage, postdoctoral fellowships in genetics and developmental biology, and R25 grants for Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility.

Dorit Zuk, Ph.D.Dorit Zuk, Ph.D.
Division Director
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Dr. Zuk oversees the division's research programs in genetics and developmental biology.


This page last reviewed on October 30, 2017