Four New Members Appointed to NAGMS Council


September 21, 2010

Four new members recently joined the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council.  They are:

Luisa A. DiPietro, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor of periodontics and director of the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies how wounds heal, with the ultimate goal of developing therapies that will allow humans to regenerate scar-free tissue after an injury. DiPietro earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a D.D.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Karolin Luger, Ph.D., university distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She studies structural transitions of chromatin using X-ray crystallography, fluorescence techniques and other biophysical approaches. Luger earned a B.Sci. in microbiology/biochemistry from the University of Innsbruck in Austria and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Basel in Switzerland.

David O. Meltzer, M.D., Ph.D., chief in the Section of Hospital Medicine and director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago in Illinois, where he analyzes techniques to evaluate the cost and effectiveness of medical technologies. His goal is to increase the value of biomedical research and improve the outcomes of hospital care. Meltzer earned a B.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry economics from Yale College in New Haven, Conn., and an M.D. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Denise Montell, Ph.D., professor of biological chemistry and director of the center for cell dynamics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.  She studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate cell migration, which is critical to immunity, wound healing and tumor metastasis. Montell earned a B.A. in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in neurosciences from Stanford University in California.

The council, which meets three times a year, is composed of leaders in the biological and medical sciences, education, health care and public affairs. Its members, who are appointed to 4-year terms, perform the second level of peer review for research and research training grant applications assigned to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), one of the National Institutes of Health. Council members also offer advice and recommendations on policy and program development, program implementation, evaluation and other matters of significance to the mission and goals of NIGMS.