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Malech Named NIAID Lab Chief

Dr. Harry L. Malech was recently appointed chief of NIAID's Laboratory of Host Defenses (LHD). He is also head of the institute's genetic immunotherapy section. Malech's research focuses on immunology and inflammation biology, biology of the blood neutrophil, infectious diseases and medical genetics. His current research focuses on diagnosing and treating inherited disorders of immunity, particularly chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) and other disorders of immune function. In recent collaborative studies, he has applied experience with gene therapy for CGD to developing vectors and methods for genetic correction of X-linked severe combined immune deficiency. Malech received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He came to NIAID in 1986 as head of the bacterial diseases section and in 1992 was appointed deputy chief of LHD.

Salata Takes CSR Division Deputy Post

Dr. Kalman F. Salata has been named deputy director of the Division of Receipt and Referral at the Center for Scientific Review. For the last 5 years, Salata was an assistant chief in the division. He earned his Ph.D. from George Washington University, studying prostaglandin biochemistry. He first came to NIH as a staff fellow in 1985, conducting immunological and gene expression research in the NIDR (now NIDCR) Laboratory of Oral Medicine and in the NICHD Laboratory of Developmental Pharmacology. He then spent almost 10 years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as chief of its allergy/immunology flow cytometry and immunogenetics laboratories and later as chief of its immunology research section.

Behar Joins CSR Staff

Dr. Toby Behar has joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator for the neurodegeneration and biology of glia study section. She previously was program director for glial cell biology at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. She earned her Ph.D. in the physiology department at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she studied neuronal migration abnormalities in the embryonic cortex of the TS16 mouse, an animal model of human Down syndrome. Prior to joining the NINDS Division of Extramural Research in 2000, she was an NINDS intramural researcher in the laboratories of neuroimmunology, molecular biology and neurophysiology.

Khachaturian Joins Loan Repayment Office

Dr. Henry Khachaturian has joined the Office of Loan Repayment and Scholarship, OD, as director of policy and liaison activities. He will administer the policy, legislative, public relations and outreach and recruitment activities related to the Extramural Loan Repayment Programs. Before that, Khachaturian served as NINDS training and career development officer. From 1988 to 2000, he served in a variety of positions at NIMH, including training director, associate director for research training and research development, chief of the Neurotransmission and Neuroregulation Program, and chief of the Neuroscience Centers Program. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychiatry at the University of Michigan and assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Tennessee prior to joining NIH. He has authored numerous papers in his specialty area of opioid peptide neurobiology. He also serves on a variety of NIH committees, including the training advisory committee, and has received many awards for his service to science and biomedical health.

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