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Office of the Scientific Director

Scientific Director Dan Kastner, M.D., Ph.D.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) provides leadership and managerial oversight for all research and related activities within the institute's Division of Intramural Research. OSD creates and maintains a productive research environment through the effective management, coordination and prioritization of NHGRI research activities. This is accomplished by providing overall scientific leadership and by overseeing activities that are central to the successful day-to-day operation of the NHGRI Intramural Program, primarily through the Administrative Management Branch and the Professional Development Office.

In conjunction with the NHGRI Board of Scientific Counselors, OSD has the primary responsibility for performing regular external reviews of all NHGRI research programs, ensuring their continued high quality and relevance. OSD staff, in particular the Scientific Director and Deputy Scientific Director, serve important liaison roles between NHGRI and other National Institutes of Health (NIH) components by representing the Institute on various NIH-wide committees.

Finally, OSD promotes activities intended to increase interactions among its scientific staff, through seminar series, the annual NHGRI scientific retreat, and other programs intended to highlight the institute's investigators and their research.

Scientific Director

Dan Kastner, M.D., Ph.D.
NIH Distinguished Investigator,
Senior Investigator, Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch
Head, Inflammatory Disease Section

Deputy Scientific Director

Paul P. Liu, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Translational and Functional Genomics Branch
Head, Oncogenesis and Development Section


Special Projects Officer

Trevor Blake
Office of the Scientific Director
Bldg 50, Room 5222, MSC 8002
Phone: (301) 435-2253 
Fax: (301) 480-2634

Special Assistant for Operations

Nora Miralieva M.B.A 
Management Analyst
Office of the Scientific Director
Bldg. 50, Room 5222d, MSC 8002
Phone: (301) 443-4404
Fax: (301) 480-2634 

Executive Assistant to Dr. Kastner

Karen Tilghman 
Office of the Scientific Director
Bldg 50, Room 5222, MSC 8002
Phone: (301) 451-9648
Fax: (301) 480-2634


Office of the Scientific Director
Building 50, Room 5222
50 South Drive, MSC 8002
Bethesda, MD 20892-8002

Phone:(301) 402-2023
Fax:(301) 480-2634

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Last Updated: November 1, 2016

See Also:

Division of Intramural Research