Council of Councils Membership

Council of Councils Membership


James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D. (2020)
Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and
Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI)
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health


All terms end October 31 of year in parenthesis unless otherwise noted.

Maria L. Acebal, J.D. (2022)
Board of Directors
Food Allergy Research Education (FARE)
Former CEO
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
McLean, Virginia

Maria Rosario G. Araneta, Ph.D., M.P.H.* (2023)
Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
Division of Epidemiology
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California

Eric Boerwinkle, Ph.D. (2018)
Professor and Director
Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM) Center
for Human Genetics
Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics
Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health     
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, Texas

Melissa Brown, M.D., M.N., M.B.A. (2018)
Professor of Ophthalmology
Thomas Jefferson University
President and CEO
Center for Value-Based Medicine
Flourtown, Pennsylvania

Molly Carnes, M.D., M.S. (April 2018)
Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry,
and Industrial and Systems Engineering
Director, Center for Women's Health Research
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Jorge L. Contreras, J.D. (2018)
Professor of Law, College of Law
Adjunct Professor, Human Genetics
S.J. Quinney College of Law
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Jonathan Epstein, M.D. (2018)
William Wikoff Smith Professor of Medicine
Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice Dean
Perelman School of Medicine at the University
of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hakon Heimer, M.S. (April 2018)
Founder and Executive Editor
Schizophrenia Research Forum, Brain and Behavior
Research Foundation
Program Advisor for Cognitive Disorders
Founder, Cure Alliance for Mental Illness
Providence, Rhode Island

Rick Horwitz, Ph.D.* (2023)
Executive Director
Allen Institute for Cell Science
Seattle, Washington

University Professor and Harrison Distinguished Professor, Emeritus
Department of Cell Biology
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, Virginia

Patricia D. Hurn, Ph.D., R.N. (2022)
Professor and Dean of Nursing
School of Nursing 
Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and
Developmental Biology 
School of Literature, Science and the Arts
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Terry L. Jernigan, Ph.D. (April 2018)
Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, and Radiology
Director, Center for Human Development
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California

R. Paul Johnson, M.D. (2022)
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D.* (2023)
Ward Coleman Professor
Chair of the Dorothy H. and Lewis Rosenstiel   
Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics 
Director, Experimental Therapeutics Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A. (2022)
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gary A. Koretzky, M.D., Ph.D.* (2023)
Vice Dean for Research of Weill Cornell Medicine
Frank H.T. Rhodes Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Biology and Genetics
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

Michael D. Lairmore, D.V.M., Ph.D.* (2023)
Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine
Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
University of California, Davis
Davis, California

Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. (April 2018)
Professor of Radiology
The University of Utah
Former Dean and CEO, University of Utah Health Sciences
Salt Lake City, Utah

Kimberly K. Leslie, M.D. (April 2018)
Professor, Chair, and Departmental Executive Officer
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jennifer R. Niebyl Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, Iowa

Jian-Dong Li, M.D., Ph.D. (2022)
Professor and Director
Center for Inflammation, Immunity, and Infection
Institute for Biomedical Sciences
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia

Guillermina Lozano, Ph.D. (April 2018)
Professor and Chair
Department of Genetics
The Univesity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Terry Magnuson, Ph.D. (2019)
Vice Chancellor for Research
Sarah Graham Kenan Professor
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Edith P. Mitchell, M.D., FACP, FCPP (2022)
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology
Department of Medical Oncology
Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities
Associate Director, Diversity Affairs
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Charles P. Mouton, M.D., M.S. (2022)
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
School of Medicine
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas

Bruce Ovbiagele, M.D., M.Sc., MAS* (2023)
Admiral Paul E. Pihl Endowed Professor of Neurosciences
Professor and Chair of Neurology
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

John Postlethwait, Ph.D. (2018)
Professor of Biology
Institute of Neuroscience
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

Keith A. Reimann, D.V.M. (April 2018)
Department of Medicine
Senior Director, Massbiologics 
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Jean E. Schaffer, M.D.* (2023)
Virginia Minnich Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Director, Diabetes Research Center and Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Scout, Ph.D. (2022)
Vice President of Social Justice
The Torvus Group
Executive Director
Tellus Who
Beverly Hills, California

Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D.* (2023)
Director, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic
Director, Laser Microbeam and Medical Program
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California

J. Leslie Winston, D.D.S., Ph.D. (2018)
Global Oral Care Professional & Scientific Relations and Clinical Operations
Mason Business Center
The Procter & Gamble Company
Mason, Ohio

Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, M.P.H. (2018)
Executive Director
Children’s Environmental Health Network
Washington, District of Columbia

Gail Yokote, M.S. (2018)
Librarian, Emeritus
University Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, California


Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Principal Deputy Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Franziska B. Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), DPCPSI,
Office of the Director (OD)
Bethesda, Maryland


(The heads of the DPCPSI offices serve as liaisons to the Council of Councils.)

Janine A. Clayton, M.D.
Office of Research on Women's Health

Paul M. Coates, Ph.D.
Office of Dietary Supplements, Office of Disease
Prevention (ODP), DPCPSI, OD

Maureen M. Goodenow, Ph.D.
Office of AIDS Research, DPCPSI, OD

Franziska B. Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D.

David M. Murray, Ph.D.

Karen L. Parker, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Sexual and Gender Minorities Research Office

William T. Riley, Ph.D.
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research,

Elizabeth L. Wilder, Ph.D.
Office of Strategic Coordination, DPCPSI, OD

David R. Wilson, Ph.D.
Tribal Health Research Office

*Pending Approval


This page last reviewed on January 23, 2018