Biographical Sketch: Dorit Zuk, Ph.D.

Dorit Zuk, Ph.D., is acting deputy director of NIGMS and director of the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (GMCDB). As acting deputy director of the Institute, she advises the NIGMS director on the Institute's $2.9 billion budget, which supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. As GMCDB director​, Zuk manages the NIGMS division that supports basic research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie inheritance, gene expression and development.

Zuk is a molecular biologist whose research has focused on muscle development and RNA metabolism. Prior to joining NIGMS, she served as director of the Office of Policy, Communications and Strategic Alliances at NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. She previously served as the science policy advisor to the NIH deputy director for extramural research. Zuk came to NIH in 2007 as a science and technology policy fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2008-2009, she served as a program officer for science policy and Hellman Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Zuk began her policy career after working in scientific publishing, serving as the deputy editor of the journal Cell from 2000 to 2002 and as the editor of the journal Molecular Cell from 2003 to 2007. She earned a B.Sc. in biology from Tel Aviv University and an M.Sc. in biology and a Ph.D. in cell biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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