NIH News Release
National Institute of Biomedical
Imaging and Bioengineering

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Contact: Cheryl Fee
(301) 451-6772

NIBIB Names Donna J. Dean, Ph.D., As First Deputy Director

Bethesda, Maryland — Donna J. Dean, Ph.D., has been named as the first deputy director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). NIBIB is the newest of the NIH Institutes and Centers, and supports fundamental research that applies principles of engineering and imaging sciences to biological systems and to human health and well-being.

"In assuming the role of Acting Director of NIBIB upon its inception, Dr. Dean took on a difficult job and has performed it remarkably well," said Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D, M.D., NIBIB Director. "At the one year mark, the Institute is now on solid organizational, administrative, scientific and fiscal footing. She has interacted well with the extramural community and has been invaluable to me during my recent transition as the Institute Director. As Deputy Director, she will continue to provide the needed continuity and critical support in achieving the institutes' mission."

Dr. Dean played a critical role in the formation and development of the NIBIB while serving as the Senior Advisor to the NIH Acting Director, Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, and as the Acting Director of the new Institute. Under her leadership, work ensued to define the Institute's mission, develop an implementation document for approval by the DHHS Secretary, formulate enabling legislation for transfer of funds, and formulate the budget requests for fiscal years 2002 and 2003. She was instrumental in efforts to fill key managerial and scientific staff positions, and in the establishment of the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Engineering.

"Dr. Dean has done a wonderful job in establishing NIBIB and has been serving with distinction as the Acting Director since January 2001," said Ruth Kirschstein, M.D., NIH Deputy Director. "Her appointment as Deputy Director will provide this young Institute with appropriate continuity and continuing sage advice. I want to thank her for a job well done."

As the NIBIB Deputy Director, Dr. Dean will play a lead role in planning, directing, and managing the programs and resources of the Institute, and will help lead the effort to expand the Institute's collaborations, both inside NIH and with outside organizations.

Prior to serving as the Acting Director of NIBIB, Dr. Dean was the Senior Scientific Advisor to the NIH Acting Director. In this role she co-chaired (with the Surgeon General) the DHHS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Coordinating Committee, served as the NIH liaison to the Commission on the Advancement of Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development, and was a member of the Working Group on Science and Technology of the President's Interagency Council on Woman.

Before moving to her position in the NIH Office of the Director, Dr. Dean spent six years with the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and it's predecessor organization, the Division of Research Grants, as the Director of the Division of Physiological Systems, and in other senior management positions within CSR.

Dr. Dean earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Berea College (Kentucky), and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University. She spent time as a visiting research fellow in the Department of Biology at Princeton University, and as a Senior Staff Fellow (Research Chemist) in the Clinical Endocrinology Branch, Division of Intramural Research at the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolic Diseases and Diabetes at NIH.

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