Biographical Sketch: Robert Coyne, Ph.D.

Robert Coyne, Ph.D, is a program director in the Developmental and Cellular Processes branch in the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, where he administers research grants in the areas of microbiome, biofilms, and quorum sensing, along with chromosome and nuclear structures​. He also manages postdoctoral fellowship (F32) and Bridges to the Doctorate (T32) awards. ​He was formerly a scientific review officer at the National Cancer Institute.

Prior to coming to NIH, Coyne was an associate professor at the J. Craig Venter Institute. He also served as a program officer at the National Science Foundation in both the Biology Directorate and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). He received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Allegheny College and a Ph.D. in cellular and developmental biology from Harvard University. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and served as an assistant professor or visiting assistant p​rofessor at Colgate University, Cornell University, and the University of Virginia Medical School.

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