Dr. Yvette Pittman serves as the Director for the Office of Research Training and Career Development (RTCD) in the Division of Intramural Research at NINDS, where she provides oversight for the institute’s training programs. The goal of RTCD is to enhance the training and mentoring experiences of all intramural scientists at NINDS while preparing trainees for their careers in science. Dr. Pittman has a broad knowledge of training policies at the NIH, professional development programming for scientists, and teaching and mentoring scientific trainees at all levels: high school, undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, graduate/medical, and postdoctoral fellows. She actively leads efforts in developing and implementing academic support programs, promoting workforce diversity, providing career guidance, and creating new training initiatives that foster both research and career success.
Dr. Pittman earned her B.S. in Biology from Delaware State University in 2002. After graduating, she went on to receive her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, and Immunology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University. Dr. Pittman then received postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where her research focused on the molecular mechanisms of eukaryotic protein synthesis. After her time as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Pittman pursued a career in science administration within the NIH Intramural Research Program. Because of her commitment to service and training the next generation of scientists, she joined the NICHD Office of Education in 2013 as the associate director and later became the director of the office in 2017.
While at NICHD as the intramural training director, Dr. Pittman oversaw all the operations and budget for intramural training, developed various policies and programs that focused on mentoring while providing career advice for many trainees to support their professional development. Dr. Pittman served as a senior advisor to the Scientific Director on matters related to training and mentoring for both fellows and tenure-track investigators and developed expertise in grant writing and the application submission and review process. She also led many of NICHD’s outreach and diversity initiatives with the goal to train and support a diverse cohort of individuals traditionally underrepresented in science.