Health Scientist Administrator
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, NICHD, NIH
Ralph Nitkin, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director for the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), which is located within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the NIH. He received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the area of biological sciences, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in cellular neurobiology. His postdoctoral studies at Stanford University and later work as an assistant professor at Rutgers University focused on the cellular and molecular basis of nerve-muscle synapse formation. For the past 30 years he has worked as a science administrator at the NICHD, first in the area of mental retardation and developmental disabilities and for the last 20 years in the area of medical rehabilitation. Within the Rehabilitation Center, he is also active in the area of training and career development and research infrastructure.