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Pierce Named NIAID Laboratory Chief

Dr. Susan K. Pierce has been appointed chief of the Laboratory of Immunogenetics, NIAID. She comes to NIH from Northwestern University, where she was the William A. and Gayle Cook chair in the biological sciences and, since 1987, a biochemistry professor in the department of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. She was chair of the department from 1990 to 1993. She has also served NIAID's intramural program as a member of the board of scientific counselors. The Laboratory of Immunogenetics is composed of five sections, each headed by an investigator studying topics related to the immune system in health and disease. Pierce's research in the area of antigen processing and presentation has been supported by NIH grants. She was the recipient of a Merit Award from NIAID.

Chaitin Takes Post at CSR

Dr. Michael Chaitin recently left the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center at Fort Worth to join the Center for Scientific Review; he is the scientific review administrator of the visual sciences A study section in the molecular, cellular, and developmental neuroscience integrated review group. This section reviews applications related to the anterior portion of the eye (cornea, lens, etc.), including cataracts and glaucoma. From 1992 until coming to CSR, Chaitin was an associate professor (tenured in 1994) in the department of anatomy and cell biology at UNT. He has received grant support from several sources, including the National Eye Institute. He has also received research awards from the National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation and from Fight for Sight, Inc.

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