NIH UPDATE: Long spearheads division at NIGMS

Rochelle M. Long has been appointed director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences division of pharmacology, physiology and biological chemistry, known as PPBC. NIGMS Director Jon R. Lorsch made the appointment, citing Long’s reputation for excellence in promoting collaboration among scientists across institutional and international borders. Long completed her Ph.D. in pharmacology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md, and previously served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s School of Pharmacy.

During her time at the PPBC, Long was instrumental in establishing the National Institutes of Health’s Pharmacogenomics Research Network. Long said she believes that cross-disciplinary collaboration is the future of medical research and sees tremendous opportunity for such efforts within the PPBC, a large division that spans a broad range of basic and clinical studies from synthetic chemistry to traumatic injury and wound healing. As director, Long said she intends to strengthen emerging and established fields of research by continuing to promote collaboration within and outside the institute.

By Melissa Bowman