Ralph Nitkin, Ph.D., is the program director for Biological Sciences and Career Development in the NCMRR as well as serving as Deputy Director for the Center. 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 23 years he has worked as a science administrator at the NICHD, first in the area of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, and currently in medical rehabilitation research. Within the Center, Dr. Nitkin is also active in the area of training and career development.