Dr. Kathy L. Hudson, who has been chief of staff to NIH director Dr. Francis Collins since September 2009, was named NIH deputy director for science, outreach and policy by Collins, effective Oct. 24. She retains her role as chief of staff.
As DDSOP, a newly created position at NIH, Hudson
will work closely with and oversee the activities of the associate directors for communications and public liaison (John Burklow), legislative policy and analysis (Patrick White) and science policy (Dr. Amy Patterson).
Hudson has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and had previously been a member of the faculty
of Johns Hopkins University since 2002, where she was founding director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center. Her work at Hopkins focused on public policy issues raised by advances in human genetics.
“Kathy’s unique combination of scientific knowledge, analytical and communication
abilities and experience both within and outside the government will serve her and the agency well in her new position,” said Collins.
Hudson first came to NIH in fall 1995, when she joined what was then the National Center for Human Genome Research as assistant director for policy coordination. In that role, she was responsible for the Office of Communications,
the Office of Program Planning and the Office of Legislation as head of the newly created Office for Policy Coordination.
Before joining NCHGR, she was senior policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Health, HHS. She advised the assistant secretary on national health and science policy issues involving NIH. Prior to that, she worked in the congressional Office of Technology Assessment as a congressional science fellow.
Before earning her doctorate at Berkeley, Hudson received her B.A. in biology at Carleton College in Minnesota and M.S. in microbiology from the University