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National Institute of Health / External Advisory Board Supervision

National Institute of Health / External Advisory Board Supervision

Interdisciplinary Research

The scale and complexity of today’s biomedical research problems increasingly demands that scientists move beyond the confines of their own discipline and explore new organizational models for team science. NIH wants to stimulate new ways of combining skills and disciplines in both the physical, biological sciences and smartphone monitoring app. As part of its theme, Research Teams of the Future, the NIH Roadmap seeks to encourage scientists and scientific institutions to test alternative models for conducting research. One of the implementation groups in this area is Interdisciplinary Research.

Melissa W. Riddle, Ph.D. (NIDCR),
IRC Coordinator

Program Officers


  • Deborah Applebaum-Bowden, PhD (NHLBI)
    Heart Valve Design and Engineering and Technology Development
  • Richard Baird, PhD (NIBIB)
    Interdisciplinary Training
  • Olga Epifano, PhD (NIH/NIDCR)
    Deputy Coordinator of the NIH Roadmap IRC Program
  • Sue Hamann, PhD (NIDCR)
    Science Evaluation Officer
  • Rosemarie Hunziker, PhD (NIBIB)
    Microfluidics Platform
  • Nadya Lumelsky, PhD (NIDCR)
    Tooth Germ Design and Engineering and Micromechanical Determinants
  • Sheryl Sato (NIDDK)
    Pancreatic Islet Design and Engineering
  • Steven Scholnick, PhD (NIDCR)
    Microenvironments and Proteomics

SysCODE External Advisory Board (EAB) Members

Jonathan Epstein, M.D.

William Wikoff Smith Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Scientific Director, Penn Cardiovascular Institute
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
954 Biomedical Research Building II/III
421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Email: epsteinj@mail.med.upenn.edu | Ph: 215.898.8731 | F: 215.573.2094

David Kaplan, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
Tufts University
Science and Technology Center
4 Colby Street
Medford, MA 02155

Email: david.kaplan@tufts.edu | Ph: 617.627.3251 | F: 617.627.3231

Joseph Loscalzo, M.D., Ph.D.

Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic
Chair, Department of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Email: jloscalzo@partners.org | Ph: 617.732.6340 | F: 617.732.6439

Alan Michelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Director for Basic Research,
Office of the Director
Senior Investigator, Division of Intramural Research
Chief, Laboratory of Developmental Systems Biology
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute / NIH
31 Center Drive, Room 5A48C, MSC 2490
Bethesda, MD 20892

Email: michelsonam@nhlbi.nih.gov | Ph: 301.594.5353 | F: 301.402.0818

Shuichi Takayama, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering,
Macromolecular Science and Engineering
University of Michigan
2115 Carl Gerstacker Building
2200 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2099

Email: takayama@umich.edu | Ph: 734.615.5539 | F: 734.936.1905

Irma Thesleff, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Research
Developmental Biology Research Program
Institute of Biotechnology
University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 56
FIN-00014 Helsinki

Email: irma.thesleff@helsinki.fi | Ph: +358 9 19159401 | F: +358 9 19159366

Kenneth Zaret, Ph.D.

Senior Member, Basic Science Division
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497

Email: kenneth.zaret@fccc.edu | Ph: 215.728.7066 | F: 215.379.4305

Centers and Institutes Participating in SysCODE

National Center for Research Resources
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases