Principal Deputy Director, NIH
National Institutes of Health

Larry Tabak is the Principal Deputy Director of NIH and the Deputy Ethics Councilor of the Agency. He previously served as the Acting Principal Deputy Director of NIH (2009) and prior to that as Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research from 2000-2010.

Tabak studies the biosynthesis and function of glycoproteins as part of the NIH Intramural program in addition to his administrative duties. He has provided leadership for numerous trans-NIH activities including development of the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan. He has led several working groups of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH including the Enhancing Peer Review, Diversity of the Biomedical Research Workforce, a Review of the NIH Intramural Research Program, the Next Generation Researcher’s Initiative and the review of NIH’s High Risk/High Reward research portfolio.

Prior to joining NIH, Tabak was the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Dentistry and Biochemistry and Biophysics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester, N.Y., USA. He is the recipient of the IADR Young Investigator Award in Salivary Research and the Distinguished Scientist Award. He was also awarded the AADR Jack Hein Public Service Award. He is a former NIH MERIT recipient and an AAAS Fellow and an elected member the National Academy of Medicine, USA.

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