NIEHS and National Toxicology Program director Dr. Linda Birnbaum has chosen Dr. Steven Kleeberger to serve as her acting deputy director.
Birnbaum described Kleeberger as “a top-notch researcher of gene-environment interaction in the pathogenesis of environmental lung disease” and praised the “wealth of scientific expertise and administrative experience [he brings] to the role of acting deputy director of the NIEHS.” She also highlighted Kleeberger’s experience as an NIH grantee prior to joining the institute in 2002.
Kleeberger is chief of the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology and principal investigator of the environmental genetics group. In 2006, he received the NIEHS Director’s Challenge Award to lead an interdisciplinary team in translating this research to applications in human health. In 2008, he received the NIH Director’s Award.
Prior to joining NIEHS, Kleeberger was a full professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Currently, he holds adjunct professorships at Duke University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in leading biomedical journals as well as two dozen book chapters and invited reviews.
Kleeberger has served as a reviewer for more than 20 journals and has also held a number of editorial board positions. From 2006 to 2008, he was deputy editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and he continues to serve on its advisory board.
With more than 100 invited lectures in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America to his credit, Kleeberger enjoys a high profile in the scientific community.—Eddy Ball