Danuta Krotoski, Ph.D.

Program Director

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Danuta Krotoski, Ph.D., is a program director in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch (IDDB). She is responsible for a portfolio of grants and fellowships on mitochondrial and other rare metabolic diseases, basic mechanisms and neurobiology of IDDs, ischemic brain injury, muscular dystrophies/spinal muscular atrophy, and genomics. She serves as NICHD’s representative on the NIH-wide Fogarty International Center (FIC)-led Brain Disorders in the Developing World grant program, and co-chairs the Trans-NIH Mitochondrial Disorders Working Group.

In 2010, Dr. Krotoski was detailed to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ acting health attaché. She led implementation of the U.S.-India Health Initiative under the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue. She had previously led special initiatives for NICHD including the Middle East and North Africa Newborn Screening Initiative.

As the acting associate director for Prevention Research and International Programs at NICHD (which later became the Office of Global Health and the Prevention Research Program) from 2002 to 2008, Dr. Krotoski coordinated the institute’s international programs, HIV/AIDS activities, and prevention research. Prior to that, she was the director of fellowships and workshops at the Human Frontier Science Program in Strasbourg, France. She also served as the program officer for international fellowships at the FIC at NIH.

Dr. Krotoski’s other positions at NIH have included director of the Basic Rehabilitation Medicine and Career Development Program at the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research and program director for the NICHD Developmental Neurobiology, Muscle, and Limb Development in the Genetics and Teratology Branch (now the Developmental Biology and Structural Variation Branch).

Dr. Krotoski trained as a developmental biologist with a specialty in genetics and neurobiology. She received her Ph.D. from Tulane University and her M.S. from Emory University. She became a staff scientist at the University of California, Irvine, after completing her postdoctoral studies there. She also worked at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and as a volunteer assistant at the Smithsonian Middle America Research Institute in Panama.

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