NIGMS Director Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., has announced the selection of Rochelle Long, Ph.D., as director of the Institute's Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry (PPBC). Long is a pharmacologist who has played leading roles in fostering research in pharmacogenomics through national and international collaborations.
She was instrumental in establishing and overseeing the trans-NIH Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN), a nationwide team of scientists focused on understanding genetic contributions to individual drug response. She was also a catalyst for forming multiple PGRN partnerships, including the Global Alliance for Pharmacogenomics, a collaboration with the RIKEN Center for Genomic Medicine in Japan, and the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium, an authority on using genetic information in medicine.
Long joined NIGMS in 1990 as a program director in PPBC and became chief of the division’s Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch in 1998. She has served as the acting director of PPBC since May 2015.
For more on the selection announcement, see https://www.nigms.nih.gov/News/results/Pages/20160610.aspx.