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Vol. LXV, No. 5
March 1, 2013

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Feedback: We read about [NIH director] Dr. Collins’ research in your Aug. 17 [2012] issue and were curious about how many other senior-level NIH scientists continue to maintain their own labs/PI [principal investigator] status? Who are they and what are they working on?

Response from the Office of Intramural Research: The following is a list of IC directors and deputy directors with labs:

From the Office of the Director:

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins—PI, Genome Technology Branch, NHGRI

NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak—PI, biological chemistry section, NIDCR

NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman—PI, multidrug resistance section, NCI

From the Institutes and Centers:

NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus—PI, Cancer Genetics Branch, NHGRI

NEI director Dr. Paul Sieving—PI, section on translational research for retinal and macular degeneration, NIDCD

NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons—PI, health inequities in cardiovascular disease cluster, NIMHD

NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes—PI, immune regulation section, NCI

NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci—PI, immunopathogenesis section, NIAID

NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz—PI, Dermatology Branch, NCI

NIBIB director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew—collaborator, Laboratory of Diagnostic Radiology Research, CC

NIDCR director Dr. Martha Somerman—collaborator, Office of Science and Technology, NIAMS

NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers—PI, Molecular and Clinical Hematology Branch, NHLBI

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow—PI, Laboratory for Neuroimaging, NIAAA

NIEHS director Dr. Linda Birnbaum—collaborator, Division of Intramural Research, NIEHS

CC director Dr. John Gallin—PI, clinical pathophysiology NCCAM director Dr. Josephine Briggs—collaborator, Division of Intramural Research, NCCAM

“About 50 percent of IC directors have active labs,” noted Gottesman. More information about their fields of study and range of collaboration is available at

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