Biographical Sketch: Darren Sledjeski, Ph.D.

Darren Sledjeski, Ph.D., is Deputy Director of the Division of Extramural Activities​. He assists the Director in overseeing the grant-related activities of the Institute, including grants policies and procedures; the development of funding opportunities; and the receipt, referral, review, and fiscal management of grants. Additionally, Dr. Sledjeski advises senior staff on the planning, development, and administration of Institute grant activities. 

He was formerly the chief of the Genetic Mechanisms Branch in the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at NIGMS, and scientific initiatives manager in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' Office of Initiative Development. Prior to that, Dr. Sledjeski was a scientific review officer in the Institute’s Office of Scientific Review.

Dr. Sledjeski came to NIH from the University of Toledo Medical Center, where he was first an assistant and later an associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology. He earned a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Sledjeski conducted postdoctoral research at NCI.

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