Biographical Sketch: Ming Lei, Ph.D.

Ming Lei, Ph.D., is director of the Division for Research Capacity Building at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). He oversees the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) and other research capacity-building programs, which include the Institutional Development Award (IDeA), Support for Research Excellence (SuRE), and Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH), as well as the Science Education Partnerships Awards (SEPA)

Ming Lei earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Before his government service, he was an R01-funded principal investigator at the Medical College of Wisconsin studying the regulation of DNA replication. He taught Genetics and Microbiology. Prior to coming to the NIGMS in 2018, he held positions at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)​.​

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