Dr. Lillian Shum Selected Director of NIDCR Division of Extramural Research

Dr. Lillian Shum

September 12, 2014

After a national search, Lillian R. Shum, PhD, has been selected to be the director of NIDCR’s Division of Extramural Research (DER).  She will provide leadership and guidance for the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of NIDCR’s investment in biomedical and behavioral sciences. 

Serving as DER’s acting director since earlier this year, Dr. Shum is an exceptional scientist administrator with broad knowledge and experience in dental, oral, and craniofacial sciences.She is an alumna of the NIH Executive Leadership Program and represents NIDCR on trans-NIH and interagency working groups, such as the NIH Common Fund’s High Risk-High Rewards Program and its Metabolomics Program.

Dr. Shum has been with NIH for 19 years and has held leadership positions for the past 11 years. In 1995, she joined the intramural program of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases as a bench scientist conducting research in growth and transcription factor regulation of cranial neural crest cells, stem/progenitor cell differentiation and apoptosis, and craniofacial skeletal development.  In 2003, she became director of NIDCR’s Mineralized Tissue Physiology Program in DER. Five years later, she was promoted to chief of the Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases Branch, where she managed a portfolio of basic and translational research.

Dr. Shum earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, specializing in Cell Biology, Developmental Biology and Anatomy.  She completed two postdoctoral fellowships: one at the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology at the University of Southern California and another at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry.​​​

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