Kenneth (Kenny) Gibbs, Jr., Ph.D., is Chief of the Undergraduate and Predoctoral Cross-Disciplinary Training Branch within the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity (TWD) at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). In this role, he oversees the institute’s long standing programs to institutional programs to enhance diversity. At NIGMS, he also directs the NIH-wide MOSAIC program to promote faculty diversity, and is a Program Director in the Division Genetics & Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology where leads and administers grants to promote basic research in the area of stem cell biology.
Prior to joining NIGMS, Dr. Gibbs was a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, and an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). Dr. Gibbs completed his Ph.D. in the Immunology program at Stanford University, and received his B.S. in biochemistry & molecular biology (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he was a Meyerhoff, MARC, and HHMI scholar. Dr. Gibbs is an honorary fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has previously served on the committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s consensus report “Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century,” on the Board of Directors for the National Postdoctoral Association. He has written about scientific training and diversity issues for Science Careers, and Scientific American.