National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health
Chief, Scientific Review Branch
Dr. Thomas Vollberg (Tom) serves as the Chief of Scientific Review at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and has 16+ years’ experience in leading peer review. Prior to mid-2015, he was the Chief of the Research Technology and Contract Review Branch and a Scientific Review Officer (SRO) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). His varied review assignments have involved the review of single project and multicomponent grant applications for topics spanning from molecular to societal aspects of biology and health, and the review of proposals for R&D contract awards. At the NCI, he served as liaison and peer-review subject matter expert for contract solicitations and for the NCI SBIR Development Center. Tom is a cell and molecular biologist with doctoral training in human experimental pathology from Thomas Jefferson University. In postdoctoral work, he studied cell cycle regulation of DNA repair at the Fels Research Institute of Temple University and squamous epithelial gene regulation as a staff fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Immediately prior to his career as an SRO, Tom was a faculty member at Creighton University School of Medicine where his laboratory studied epithelial cell biology, differentiation-related gene regulation and the molecular action of retinoids, and where he lectured to medical and health sciences students on human anatomy, and to graduate students for topics in cell biology and gene regulation.