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The Office of the Scientific Director is responsible for programmatic oversight, review, and administration of the intramural research program at NHLBI. The Office of the Clinical Director, the Intramural Administrative Management Branch, the Scientific Information Office, and the Animal Program also guide and support the activities of the DIR.

Office of the Scientific Director

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Robert Balaban, Ph.D.
Scientific Director

P: +1 301 496 2116
F: +1 301 480 5775

  The Office of the Scientific Director is responsible for programmatic oversight, review, and administration of the intramural research program at NHLBI.  The Office has several key functions including:
  • Planning, coordinating, and directing the basic and clinical scientific research programs conducted within the Division of Intramural Research (DIR)
  • Encouraging implementation of new technologies, application of new techniques and treatments through clinical trials, and promoting research collaboration
  • Serving in an advisory role to the Center and Branch Chiefs and Institute Director
  • Developing and maintaining the necessary scientific capability in the Division to foster and guide an effective research and clinical program

Participating in the planning and directing of institute resource allocation and providing senior level administrative support to the DIR programs.

Office of the Clinical Director

Richard Childs


Richard Childs, M.D. 
Clinical Director, NHLBI Division of Intramural Research
Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Transplantation Immunotherapy
Rear Admiral (RADM), United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

P: +1 301 451 7128
F: +1 301 480 2664


The Office of the Clinical Director provides oversight of all patient care and patient-related activities within the DIR including programs of quality assurance and quality improvement. In addition to providing credentialing of medical practitioners, the Office also oversees the conduct of clinical research including:

  • Protocol development
  • Reviews by NHLBI Scientific Committee and Institutional Review Board
  • Oversight by Data Safety Monitoring Boards as required
  • Tracking of protocols following approval
  • Protocol audits

Office of Education

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Herbert M. Geller, Ph.D.

P: +1 301 451 9440
F: +1 301 594 8133


The Office of Education is dedicated to promoting the success of all NHLBI scientists, both as trainees and as mentors of trainees. Specialized programs provide research training for high school students, college students, graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical fellows. The Office provides mechanisms for trainees to learn each of the skills required for success in their chosen field. NHLBI is committed to improving the representation of underrepresented groups, including minorities, women, and scientists with disabilities in the mainstream of basic and clinical research.


Scientific Information Office

Photo of Dr. Kaplarevic Mihailo Kaplarevic, Ph.D.
Scientific Information Officer

P: +1 301 451 4659
F: +1 301 480 2664


The Scientific Information Office works with investigators and core facility heads as well as the DIR as a whole to strategically determine their computing needs, and develops short-term and long-term plans to meet these needs.

The Office is responsible for researching, securing, custom designing, and applying cutting edge IT solutions, products and support in order to facilitate variety of biomedical computing needs ranging from computations, to data storage, to support in the clinical setting. In addition, the Office collaborates with sources outside the DIR including the Center for Biomedical Informatics within the Office of the Director, NHLBI, the Center for Information Technology, NIH, and the Department of Clinical Research Informatics in the NIH Clinical Center as well as outside vendors.

The Scientific Information Officer is directly responsible for representing the IT interests of the DIR to NHLBI and NIH-wide committees and workgroups, and collaborates broadly across the organization with basic and clinical researchers.


Intramural Administrative Management Branch

Photo of Dr. Unger Gary Unger

P: +1 301 451 0892
F: +1 301 402 0013


The Intramural Administrative Management Branch plans, directs, coordinates, and provides comprehensive administrative and management support services for the Division of Intramural Research. In addition, the Branch provides technical and advisory services in financial management, data systems, human resources, acquisitions, facility management, travel services, property management to ensure the efficient and effective implementation and operation of programs. The Branch also develops policies, guidelines, and procedures on matters relating to administrative management and disseminates these to relevant staff.


Animal Program

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P: +1 301 451 6743
F: +1 301 480 7576


There are three components to the NHLBI Animal Program Division that work together to support the NHLBI research program.

Animal Program:

Animal Program operations are directly overseen by Dr. James “Buster” Hawkins. It provides care and technical services for NHLBI research animals including: husbandry, purchasing, health monitoring, animal import/export, mouse rederivation and cryopreservation services. We also provide support for NHLBI animals in other NIH facilities. The main phone number is 301-496-5927.

For the NHLBI ACRF Tower animal facility issues and information about animal purchases call 301-496-4801.

For inquiries about the import, export, rederivation and cryopreservation of rodents call 301-451-6744.

Animal Surgery & Resources (ASR):

The ASR services for NHLBI research animals include: animal model development, surgery, surgical support, post-operative care as well as technical services such as radiography, blood & tissue collection, hematology, and blood chemistries.


Murine Phenotyping Core:

Provides cardiovascular, metabolic, pulmonary, neuromuscular and behavioral phenotyping primarily for mice but also other species.