Get to Know NICHD

NICHD staff work every day to advance our mission to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. Across NICHD, our staff bring with them a wealth of knowledge and skills that help the institute break new ground and expand the limits of existing research.

The following profiles will help you get to know NICHD’s culture and its scientific impact as well as our staff as they explain what inspired them along their career path, what led them to NICHD, and what NICHD has brought to their career.


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NICHD researchers and staff carry out the Institute's mission through their work in the lab, in the field, and in their offices. The interviews below provide a deeper look at the Institute's dedicated staff, the science it conducts and supports, and what that science means to the public.

Dr. Brett Miller Interview

Dr. Brett Miller: Decoding Learning Disabilities
Dr. Brett Miller leads NICHD efforts to better understand dyslexia. Research suggests that direct, systematic, and explicit instruction in small groups can help children with dyslexia learn to read.

Dr.  Alison Cernich Interview

Dr. Alison Cernich: Driving Innovation for Recovery
A "bionic" arm? Toy cars for mobility-impaired toddlers? NICHD's Dr. Alison Cernich talks about technologies on the cutting edge of rehabilitation research—and where the future is headed.

Dr. Chris McBain Interview

Dr. Chris McBain: The Electric Brain Reveals its Wiring
How the brain's "wiring" develops and works—and what happens when it goes wrong—are the types of questions Dr. Chris McBain's laboratory seeks to answer. His work could provide clues to understanding conditions like epilepsy, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Stuart Moss and Dr. Susan Taymans Interview

Drs. Stuart B. Moss and Susan Taymans : Dispelling Infertility Myths
Misperceptions about infertility abound—starting with how many couples experience it. NICHD program officers Drs. Stuart B. Moss and Susan Taymans sit down to discuss the facts.

If you need additional biographical information on NICHD leadership or would like to schedule an interview with an NICHD staff member, contact the Office of Communications at or 301-496-5133.

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