Dr. Eckstrand specializes in evolutionary biology, genetics and computational biology. As a program director in the NIGMS Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, she manages grants that promote research in these areas and directs a program, called MIDAS (for Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study), that promotes computational and mathematical research to detect, control and prevent emerging infectious diseases. Eckstrand also manages a new consortium to develop models of the dynamics of the scientific workforce and handles NIGMS research focused on evolutionary biology, including how pathogens and hosts evolve together; speciation; and the evolution of complex biological systems.
From 1999-2004, Eckstrand directed NIGMS' Bridges to the Future Program, which assists students from underrepresented groups in making the transition to baccalaureate and doctoral programs and prepares them for careers in biomedical research. In the mid-1990s, Eckstrand directed NIH’s Office of Science Education and has worked with professional societies and other groups to promote effective biology and mathematics education.
To arrange an interview with Irene Eckstrand, contact the NIGMS Office of Communications and Public Liaison at 301-496-7301.
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