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NIH Summer Lectures

Every summer, the NIH Postbaccalaureate and Summer Research Program invites eminent senior NIH investigators to talk about their science and their career paths with participants in the Summer Internship Program. Now those lectures are available to everyone.


A Conversation with Dr. Larry Tabak (6/24/22)
Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS/PhD, Acting Director, NIH, talks informally with Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, about his career path, mentors who made a difference in his life, the challenges he had to overcome in pursing a career in science (and there were many), why he transitioned to science administration, and his advice for trainees.

Dr. Janine Clayton, MD/FARVO, Director, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, talks informally with Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, about her career path, work on maternal health disparities, and insights for women scientists. She also shared resources from the Office of Research on Women's Health.
“Follow your passion, expect the unexpected, and keep wide open for possibilities.” These are the words of wisdom Dr. Fauci shared with us. It was a lovely conversation between Drs. Fauci and Milgram about his career path, dealing with the public health crisis - from HIV to COVID-19, and his role, and our responsibilities as scientists in the current world and time.


My Path to Scientific Director (6/15/21)
Dr. Anna Maria Napoles, PhD, will describe her career path to becoming Scientific Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She will discuss an innovative implementation framework that she developed with colleague, Dr. Anita Stewart, to create a step-by-step process for planning, delivering, and evaluating behavioral interventions so that they resonate with and engage the communities experiencing the disparities, while achieving the intended health outcomes.

Meet the Person behind the Title (6/29/21)
Hear Francis Collins, MD/PhD, Director of the NIH, reflect on his career path and address questions from summer interns at NIH and across the US. Dr. Collins was appointed the 16th Director of the NIH by President Barack Obama and is the only Presidentially appointed NIH Director to serve more than one administration. Dr. Collins is a human-geneticist with an active research lab; he has mentored trainees at all educational levels and is deeply committed to the NIH training mission.


The Human Microbiome Project - A Personal and Professional Journey through Kingdoms (Bacteria, Fungi, and Viruses) and Genomes (7/2/19)
Join Julie Segre, PhD, senior investigator in the National Human Genome Institute, for a discussion of her exciting work on the human microbiome and the use of genome sequencing to track the spread of disease, paired with her thoughts on how collaborations should work and how she manages to remain at the forefront as science evolves. NOTE: In October 2019, Dr. Segre was selected by the National Academy of Medicine as one of 4 new members from the NIH!

Multidrug Resistance in Cancer (7/30/19)
Michael Gottesman, MD, NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research and Chief of the Laboratory of Cell Biology, NCI, talks about his life, training, career as an eminent cancer researcher, and work on the molecular mechanisms of drug resistance.


The 21st Century Library: Accelerating Discovery, Disseminating Knowledge, Preserving History (7/30/18)
Join Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD (in industrial engineering), Director of the National Library of Medicine at the NIH for a wide-ranging discussion of the modern library.

From the Human Genome Project to Precision Medicine: My Journey to Advance Human Health (7/11/18)
The video of this exciting and timely lecture by Dr. Eric D. Green, MD/PhD, Director of the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute is now available. Check out Dr. Green's genomics resources.



The video of this important 2017 Summer Lecture by Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD, Director, NIMHD, is now available.

Non-invasive Prenatal Genomics: A Success Story in Genomic Medicine (7/20/17) 
Diana W. Bianchi, MD, Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, discusses her recent work.


50 Years of Environmental Health Research
Join Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, Director, NIEHS, for a whirlwind tour of the important work of her Institute (7/28/2016).

Sickle Cell Anemia: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, a 2016 Summer Lecture by Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, Director, NIDDK  (7/6/2016).
Dr. Rodgers reviews the long history of sickle cell disease, its wide-ranging effects on human physiology, and the work of his group on developing treatments for this disease, including hydroxyurea and the genetic manipulation of hemoglobin isoforms.


Individualizing Transplant Care with Genomic Tools, a 2015 Summer Lecture by Hannah Valantine, MD, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, NIH (7/29/2015).
Dr. Valantine discusses her career as a cardiologist and her work on the development of noninvasive genomic screens to monitor rejection of transplanted hearts.

From HIV to Ebola: Reflections on a Career at the National Institutes of Health, a 2015 Summer Lecture by Dr. Anthony Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (7/10/2015).
Dr. Fauci discusses his career, including his involvement with HIV/AIDS from the very beginning of the epidemic and the recent role played by the NIH in the Ebola outbreak.


Biomedical Research: Unlimited Opportunities - How Ira's Protein Led Me Down a Sugar-coated Trail, a Summer Lecture by Lawrence Tabak, DDS/PhD, Principal Deputy Director of the NIH (7/25/2014).
Dr. Tabak discusses his unique career path and explorations in the field of glycobiology.


An Exceptionally Exciting Time for Biomedical Research
, a Summer Lecture by Francis Collins, MD/PhD, Director of the NIH (6/16/2013)
Dr. Collins discusses twenty-first century science and his own collaborative work on progeria, the premature aging disease.  Be certain to watch until the end for a special treat.

The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction: What We Know, a Summer Lecture by Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (7/11/2013)