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L. Michelle Bennett, Ph.D.

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L. Michelle Bennett, Ph.D.

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L. Michelle Bennett, Ph.D., joined the NHLBI in June 2010 as the deputy scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In this role, Dr. Bennett coordinates the rigorous review of DIR researchers by the Board of Scientific Counselors, oversees core facilities that provide cutting edge biomedical technologies and approaches in support of outstanding research discovery and translation, and is involved in establishing partnerships with regional hospitals. She also works on sub-committees of the Scientific Directors to recruit talented tenure track investigators to and promote the NIH intramural research program as well as various team science initiatives.

Prior to joining the NHLBI, Dr. Bennett served as a deputy director of the Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI). In that role, she represented the CCR in Trans- NCI and NIH initiatives and activities. Before becoming a deputy director of the CCR, Dr. Bennett also served as the associate director for science in the CCR and director of the CCR Office of Communications.

Dr. Bennett earned her Doctor of Philosophy in oncology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She joined the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis where she performed some of the earliest work on BRCA1 and BRCA2 and their role in breast cancer. She then joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a senior biomedical scientist, where she continued her work on breast cancer.

Dr. Bennett has received numerous awards for her work at the NIH, including the NIH Director’s Award in 2009 and 2010; NIH Plain Language Awards in 2007 and 2009; HHS Secretary’s Award in 1996 and numerous NIH Merit Awards (2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, and 2004) for RFA concept development, improving communications, outstanding scientific vision, and developing new best practices at the NCI.

As a leader within the scientific community, Dr. Bennett is involved in many outreach and education programs. She has been a core basic research faculty member for Project LEAD, an innovative science program for breast cancer activists organized by the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, since 1998. She has given presentations on collaboration at the NIH’s Clinical Center and abroad. Dr. Bennett also currently serves as the co-chair on two initiatives under the auspices of the NIH Scientific Director’s Committee for the Trans-NIH Tenure Track Recruitment (Stadtman program) and Promoting the NIH Intramural Research Program.

Areas of expertise: breast cancer, BRCA genes.

Dr. Bennett In the News

Nehal Mehta, new Lasker Clinical Research Scholar

July 9, 2012
NIH and Lasker Foundation announce first Clinical Research Scholar
Nehal N. Mehta, M.D., has been named the inaugural Lasker Clinical Research Scholar, through a joint initiative of The National Institutes of Health and the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. Mehta has joined the intramural program in the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).