NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NIGMS/      

National Institute of General Medical Sciences : Biographical Sketch of NIGMS Director

Marvin Cassman, Ph.D.

Dr. Cassman was named NIGMS director on August 18, 1996. Prior to his appointment as permanent director, he had served the institute as deputy director since 1989 and as acting director since 1993.

His other positions within the institute included director, Biophysics and Physiological Sciences Program Branch (1985-1989) and chief, molecular basis of disease section of the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Program Branch (1978-1984). He has also worked in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, as a senior policy analyst.

After receiving undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago, Dr. Cassman earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1965 at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Following a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Howard Schachman at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He came to NIGMS in 1975 as a health scientist administrator in the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Program Branch.

He has received many honors and awards for his work at NIGMS, including the 1991 Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award and the 1983 NIH Director’s Award.

Directors of NIGMS

NameDate of Birth Dates of Office
G. Halsey Hunt.........................July 16, 1958April 1962
Clinton C. Powell.........................July 1962July 1964
Frederick L. StoneMarch 31, 1915 Aug. 1, 1964 June 1965
DeWitt Stetten, Jr.May 31, 1909Oct. 1, 1970August 1974
Ruth L. KirschsteinOctober 12, 1926Sept. 1, 1974Nov. 23, 1993
Marvin CassmanApril 4, 1936 August 18, 1996...........


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