Dr. Martha J. Somerman has been appointed director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. She is currently dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, a position she has held since 2002. She is expected to begin her duties as NIDCR director late this summer.
“I am delighted that Dr. Somerman will be bringing her exceptional research expertise and administrative skills to this leadership position at the NIDCR,” said NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, who announced the appointment on May 2. “I would also like to thank Dr. Isabel Garcia for her outstanding service as acting director of NIDCR since August 2010.”
Somerman will oversee a budget of $410 million and lead a staff of more than 400 researchers and administrators on campus as well as hundreds of grantees at universities, medical schools, dental schools and other research institutions.