Immediate Office of the Director (IMOD)

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Major Responsibilities

Oversees the full range of Office of Extramural Research (OER) Activities

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Senior Leadership:


Director OER, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research

Contact: Melanie Showe – Executive Assistant

Deputy Director OER

Contact: Samantha Sanchez * – Executive Assistant


Megan Columbus – Program Manager for Electronic Receipt of Grant Applications
Meredith Temple-O'Connor – Senior Scientific Advisor
Cheryl Kitt, Ph.D. – Senior Scientific Advisor
Walter Schaffer, Ph.D. – Sr. Scientific Advisor for Extramural Research
Neil Thakur, Ph.D. – Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Extramural Research
Liza Bundesen, Ph.D. – Health Science Policy Officer


Office of Administrative Operations
Office of Extramural Programs
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
Office of Planning & Communication
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
Office of Research Information Systems

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