Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Principal Deputy Director

Dr. Tabak is the principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He previously served as the acting principal deputy director of NIH (2009), and as director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research from 2000-10.

Dr. Tabak has provided leadership for several trans-NIH activities, including the NIH Roadmap effort to support team science, the NIH Director’s initiative to enhance peer-review, and the NIH’s implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He has co-chaired working groups of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH, the Diversity of the Biomedical Research Workforce, Information Technology and Informatics, and the NIH Intramural Research Program. More recently, Dr. Tabak has coordinated a trans-NIH effort to enhance the reproducibility of scientific findings and he is currently leading a team developing an NIH-wide Strategic Plan.

Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Tabak was the senior associate dean for research and professor of dentistry and biochemistry & biophysics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester (NY). A former NIH MERIT recipient, Dr. Tabak’s major research focus is the structure, biosynthesis and function of glycoproteins. He continues work in this area, maintaining an active research laboratory within the NIH intramural program in addition to his administrative duties.

Dr. Tabak is an elected member the National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) of the National Academies. He received his undergraduate degree from City College of New York, his D.D.S. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo.

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