Director, Microbiology Program
Coordinator, NIDCR SBIR/STTR Program
Democracy One, Room 626
6701 Democracy Blvd MSC 4878
Bethesda, MD 20892-4878
R. Dwayne Lunsford, PhD is Director of the NIDCR Microbiology Program and Coordinator for Dental Small Business (SBIR/STTR). Before becoming director in 2007, he had over twenty years of research experience in both the public and private research sectors. Prior research included studying the basic genetics and physiology of the oral streptococci. Later positions supported new antiinfectives development; specifically, target identification, target-to-lead development, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic assessments and preclinical project management. He is intimately familiar with corporate business and product development cycles both in small companies (CROs and pre-IPO stage) as well as multinational pharmaceutical enterprises. He received his BS (Biology, 1982) and PhD (Microbiology and Immunology, 1986) from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.