Immediate Office of the Director (IMOD)

IMOD Organizational Chart (PDF)

Major Responsibilities

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

OER Preserves Public Trust Graphic


Senior Leadership:

Director OER, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Michael Lauer, M.D.

Contact: Melanie Showe – Executive Assistant

Deputy Director OER: Jodi Black , Ph.D


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


Office of Administrative Operations
Office of Data Analysis Tools and Systems
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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