Kathy L. Hudson, Ph.D.

Former Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy

Kathy L. Hudson, Ph.D., was the Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from October 24, 2010, to January 2, 2017. In this role, Dr. Hudson led the science policy, legislation, communication, and outreach efforts of the NIH and served as a senior advisor to the NIH director. She was responsible for creating major new strategic and scientific initiatives for NIH and led the planning and creation of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, now called the All of Us Research Program. Dr. Hudson was a key architect of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the NIH BRAIN Initiative. She directed the agency’s efforts to advance biomedical research through policy development, public and stakeholder communication and education, and innovative projects and partnerships.

Dr. Hudson’s professional experience includes serving as the NIH Chief of Staff; Acting Deputy Director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH; the Assistant Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH; and the founder and Director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at John Hopkins University. Also at Hopkins, Dr. Hudson was an Associate Professor in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Institute of Genetic Medicine, and Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Hudson holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College.

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