About the Office of Intramural Research (OIR)

National Institutes of Health



OIR Office Staff


Policy Development and Communication




Michael M. Gottesman, M.D.
Deputy Director for Intramural Research (DDIR)

Richard G. Wyatt, M.D.
Deputy Director, Office of Intramural Research

Arlyn Garcia-Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Director




Roland Owens, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Charles Dearolf, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Melissa C. Colbert, Ph.D.
Assistant Director




Larry Chloupek
Management Liaison Director


Margaret McBurney
Program Specialist




Dierdre Andrews
Program Specialist

Chanee Jackson
Program Specialist

Joe Kleinman
Program Support Assistant




Christopher Wanjek
Director of Communications

Laura Stephenson Carter
Managing Editor
TheNIH Catalyst

Jacqueline Roberts
Communications Specialist




Nadine Fonrose
Director of Operations


Paula Butler
Administrative Officer


The Office of Intramural Research (OIR) is responsible for oversight and coordination of intramural research, training, and technology transfer conducted within the laboratories and clinics of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH's intramural facilities are located on the main campus in Bethesda, Md., as well as in Research Triangle Park, N.C., kip past Off-campus sites(NIEHS); Baltimore, Md., (NIDA, NIA, and NHGRI); Frederick, Md., (NCI); Hamilton, Mont. (NIAID); and Phoenix, Ariz., (NIDDK). Organizationally, the individual laboratories and sections answer to the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH which conduct applied and basic biomedical research in particular disease or subject areas. OIR's responsibility is to develop and implement NIH-wide projects, policies, standards, and review for Intramural research, training, and technology transfer.

In addition to the immediate staff of the Office of Intramural Research, OIR is comprised of:

Policy Development and Communication

NIH's Deputy Director for Intramural Research (DDIR), Michael M. Gottesman, M.D., heads the OIR. The work of the office is developed and carried out in conjunction with the Scientific Directors of NIH's Institutes and Centers. The Board of Scientific Directors meets twice monthly with the DDIR, September through June, and monthly in July and August. Policy decisions and changes are documented in the Board's minutes.

New policy developments are highlighted in two publications of the OIR: The NIH Catalyst, a bimonthly newsletter for and about the Intramural Research Program, and the DDIR's Bulletin Board, an electronic newsletter published approximately biweekly. The DDIR's Bulletin Board is available to intramural staff on NIH's web site or by Listserv subscription. To subscribe, send an email message to Listserv@list.nih.gov. The body of your message should read: subscribe DDIRBB-L firstname lastname.

A recent document of interest is the NIH Intramural Research at the Threshold of a New Era.

Key NIH policies are found in the NIH Manual Chapters. OIR provides a summary of policies governing intramural research in the Intramural Research Sourcebook. This includes the Guidelines for the Conduct of Research, the NIH Intramural Tenure-Track, Processes for Resolution of Conflicts, A Guide to Training and Mentoring in the Intramural Research Program at NIH, A Guide to the Handling of Scientific Misconduct Allegations in the Intramural Research Program of the NIH, and other documents.

Updated January 13, 2012


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