NIDCR News 2016

Matthew P. Hoffman, BDS, PhD, who is a senior investigator and chief of the Matrix and Morphogenesis Section in the Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology (LCDB) in NIDCR’s Division of Intramural Research, has been appointed the Division’s deputy scientific director.

As part of the budget planning process for Fiscal Year 2018, NIDCR is identifying topical themes for development into research initiatives. During this process, we welcome input from our scientific advisory boards, the extramural community, interested organizations, and the public at large.

June 13, 2016


NIDCR Director Martha Somerman has appointed Emily Harris as Chair and Deborah Philp as Vice-Chair of the NIDCR Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (NCDI). They will serve a two-year term with the option of a second two-year term. The purpose of NCDI is to advise the NIDCR Director and other senior leaders on a wide range of diversity and inclusion issues and to recommend and implement strategies for enhancing diversity at NIDCR. The committee, which formed in early 2013, is comprised of representatives from each division or office.

Maintaining the body’s barrier defenses at sites such as the skin and mucosal surfaces is critical for health and survival. These barriers are continually exposed to foreign substances and infectious agents, and are home to a diverse array of commensal microbes—microorganisms that cause no harm and are part of the normal flora.

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