- Rick Woychik, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, NIEHS and Principal Investigator
- Tel 984-287-3810
- P.O. Box 12233Mail Drop B2-06Durham, N.C. 27709
As Deputy Director of NIEHS, Richard Woychik, Ph.D., assists the NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program Director, Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., in the formulation and implementation of plans and policies necessary to carry out the NIEHS missions. Woychik works with Birnbaum in the administrative management of the NIEHS, and speaks on behalf of the institute as appropriate.
As a mammalian geneticist with a distinguished career in molecular genetics and science administration, Woychik currently heads the Mammalian Genome Group within the NIEHS Genome Integrity and Structural Biology Laboratory. His research program is focused on better understanding the molecular mechanisms associated with how environmental agents influence the epigenetic control of gene expression. Most recently and since 2002, he served as president and CEO of Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and also functioned as the director of the laboratory’s NCI designated Cancer Center. Prior to leading The Jackson Laboratory, Woychik’s professional history also included positions in both academia and industry: chief scientific officer for Lynx Therapeutics, Hayward, CA; head of the Parke-Davis Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, Alameda, CA; professor within the Departments of Pediatrics, Genetics and Pharmacology at the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; and senior research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Woychik completed his B.S. and M.S. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology at Case Western Reserve University in 1984. He received his postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Philip Leder at Harvard Medical School with fellowship support from the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund and from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.