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Leppert Named NICHD Branch Chief

Dr. Phyllis C. Leppert has been named chief of NICHD's Reproductive Sciences Branch in the Center for Population Research. She comes to the institute with an extensive background in reproductive health research and brings expertise in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and nurse midwifery. In her most recent position, she was a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo. From 1996 through 1998, she was chair of the department. Leppert's research focuses on molecular changes that take place in the uterine cervix during gestation and childbirth.

Miles Joins NIDDK

Dr. Carolyn Miles recently joined NIDDK as a scientific review administrator; she is managing the special emphasis panels that assess grant applications and contract proposals. Her expertise ranges from the study of energy intake and expenditure to the safety and nutritional value of foods and food supplements. She is also a registered dietician. Miles received her Ph.D. in human nutrition and foods from Virginia Tech and joins the review branch with over 15 years of experience with the federal government, including extensive work with both the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture.

Wong Named SRA

Dr. Shan Wong recently joined NIDDK's Review Branch as a scientific review administrator; he is working with the special emphasis panels for grant applications and contract proposals. His expertise is in analytical biochemistry and clinical chemistry, focusing on enzymology, protein chemistry, and pathology, as well as in diagnostic product design and evaluation. Wong received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and joins the branch after working as an independent consultant in both clinical and research-oriented analytical biochemistry. He has also held academic appointments at Loma Linda University, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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