Office of the Scientific Director (OSD)

Jeffrey Diamond, Ph.D., Acting Scientific Director, NINDS


Dr. Jeffrey Diamond, was appointed Acting Scientific Director in August 2022. He joined NINDS as an investigator in 1999, and a year later was awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering. Dr. Diamond was promoted to Senior Investigator in 2007, and his ground-breaking research has focused on how synapses, neurons and small circuits perform computational tasks required for visual information processing in the mammalian retina.

As the Scientific Director, Dr. Diamond provides overall executive direction and scientific leadership for the entire NINDS Intramural Research Program (IRP). The Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) is responsible for providing programmatic oversight, review, and evaluation of research programs; enriching the mentoring and training of intramural scientists; managing and allocating research, IT, and fiscal resources; enabling robust interaction with scientists outside the NIH; and providing administrative support for the NINDS IRP

The OSD manages activities essential to the success of the overall operation of the research program, while actively promoting a diverse environment that encourages collaborative and rigorous science in support of the NINDS mission.


Contact: NINDSOSD@nih.gov

Address: Office of the Scientific Director, NINDS, 35A Convent Dr., Rm. GF-144, MSC 3716, Bethesda, MD 20892

 

OSD Staff

Simon Halegoua, Ph.D. Senior Advisor
R. Benjamin Free, Ph.D. Assistant Director of Science Operations Support
Rachael Schacherer Chief of Staff
Liza Litvina, Ph.D.  Scientific Policy Analyst
Caren Collins Supervisory Program Analyst
Duilio Correa Management Analyst
Jennifer Delawder Title 42 Program Coordinator
MaryCatherine Hellmuth Program Specialist
Jessica Myles Executive Assistant

 

OSD Unit Heads

Rita Devine, Ph.D. Assistant Director for Science Administration
Yvette Pittman, Ph.D. Director of Training and Education
Angel de la Cruz, Ph.D. Diversity and Postbac Program Coordinator
Christine Koch-Paiz Chief Administrative Officer
Yang Fann, Ph.D. Intramural IT Director
Sue Ano, Ph.D. Director, Technology Transfer Office (TTO) 

Heather Narver, V.M.D.

Chief, Animal Health Care Section

 

Inhibitory control of dopamine neurons. Dopamine neurons (red) and strongly inhibited by inputs from basal ganglia nuclei (green). Credit: Rebekah Evans/Zayd Khaliq
 Dopamine neurons (red) and strongly inhibited by inputs from basal ganglia nuclei (green). Credit: Rebekah Evans/Zayd Khaliq
Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV, green) can be seen infecting olfactory sensory neurons (red) in the nose and attempting to enter the olfactory bulbs 6 days after nasal inoculation. Credit: Ashley Moseman/Dorian McGavern
Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV, green) can be seen infecting olfactory sensory neurons (red) in the nose and attempting to enter the olfactory bulbs 6 days after nasal inoculation. Credit: Ashley Moseman/Dorian McGavern
Post-mortem submandibular gland tissue from a PD patient.
Post-mortem submandibular gland tissue from a patient with Parkinson disease. Red is tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), green is a-synuclein (a-sy), blue is smooth muscle actin, and yellow is a-sy colocalized with TH. The patient has a-sy deposition in sympathetic noradrenergic neurons. Credit: Risa Isonaka/David S. Goldstein