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Biographical Sketch: Michael Bender, Ph.D.

Michael Bender
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Michael Bender, Ph.D., is a program director in the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, where he manages grants in the areas of RNA processing and protein synthesis, and serves as program director for the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository. He also manages the Postbaccalaureate Research Education (PREP) program and oversees predoctoral T32 cellular, biochemical, and molecular sciences grants. Prior to joining NIGMS, he was an associate professor and associate head of the department of genetics at the University of Georgia. Bender earned a B.A. in biology from Goshen College and a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Indiana University. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

To contact Bender, send email to or call 301-594-0943.

If you’re a reporter wishing to interview Bender, contact the NIGMS Office of Communications and Public Liaison at or call 301-496-7301.​

This page last reviewed on March 17, 2017