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Intramural Research Division

NIEHS Science Day

Scientists from intramural, extramural, and the National Toxicology Program come together for NIEHS Science Days(1MB).


In-house, or intramural research, is performed by scientists employed by the federal government that have laboratories at the NIEHS. Our intramural scientists collaborate extensively with partners in other institutes, agencies, and academia. Research conducted at the NIEHS include the following Branches and Laboratories:

Scientific Director

The NIEHS Office of the Scientific Director is the administrative arm of the Intramural Research Division. The office fosters and maintains a productive research environment through the effective management, coordination, and prioritization of intramural activities. Office members meet these goals by providing overall scientific leadership and by overseeing activities that are central to the successful day-to-day operation of the NIEHS Intramural Research Program.

In conjunction with the NIEHS Board of Scientific Counselors, the Office of the Scientific Director has the primary responsibility for performing regular external reviews of all intramural research programs, ensuring their continued high quality and relevance. The staff, in particular the Scientific Director and Deputy Scientific Directors, serve important liaison roles between NIEHS and other National Institutes of Health (NIH) components by representing the Institute on various NIH-wide committees.

Finally, the office promotes activities intended to increase interactions among its scientific staff, through seminar series, retreats, and other programs, such as the annual Science Awards Day, which highlights the institute's investigators and their research.


Darryl Zeldin, M.D.
Darryl C. Zeldin, M.D.
Scientific Director and Principal Investigator
Tel (919) 541-1169
Fax (919) 541-4214
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop A2-05
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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Darryl C. Zeldin, M.D., is NIEHS Scientific Director and head of the Environmental Cardiopulmonary Disease Group, in the Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease Laboratory. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from Boston University in 1982 and an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1986. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University in 1989 and a Fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University in 1993.

Zeldin is a physician-scientist who is internationally recognized for his contributions to the fields of environmental health, respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), a Fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians and a Fellow in the American Heart Association. He has also served on NIH and foundation study sections and is a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals. Zeldin has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in leading biomedical journals as well as numerous reviews and book chapters. In addition, Zeldin is on staff at Duke University Medical Center, where he serves as a member of the pulmonary consult service and the medical intensive care unit.

Scientific and Support Staff

William T. Schrader, Ph.D.
Bill Schrader, Ph.D.
Deputy Scientific Director

Tel (919) 541-3433
Fax (919) 541-5465
Joel Abramowitz, Ph.D.
Joel Abramowitz, Ph.D.
Special Assistant

Tel (919) 541-4892
Fax (301) 480-2820
Elizabeth M. Denholm, Ph.D.
Elizabeth M. Denholm
Director – Office of Technology Transfer

Tel (919) 541-0981
Barbara Dietz
Barbara D. Dietz
Administrative Specialist/BSC

Tel (919) 541-3206
Fax (301) 480-3041
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Melinda M. Furtado

Tel (919) 541-9958
Tom Sliwa
Tom Sliwa
Administrative Coordination Specialist

Tel (919) 541-1433
Fax (919) 541-1898
Michael Spencer
Michael S. Spencer
Administrative Coordination Specialist

Tel (919) 541-1168
Fax (919) 541-4571
Debbie Wilson
Deborah Wilson
Staff Assistant/Summer Program

Tel (919) 541-3205
Fax (919) 541-5002

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