Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S., is the Director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. She oversees a $780 million budget that funds multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention, and intervention efforts that encompass training, education, technology transfer, and community outreach. In most years, NIEHS supports between 1,250 and 1,300 research grants.
Dr. Birnbaum received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and has held several different positions with both NIEHS and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, a Collegium Ramazzini Fellow, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Dr. Birnbaum is an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and at Duke University. She is the former Vice President of the American Aging Association, the former Chairperson of the Division of Toxicology of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and the former President of the Society of Toxicology. She has received numerous awards, including the Breast Cancer Fund Heroes Award (on behalf of NIEHS), the National Research Center for Women’s 2012 Health Policy Hero Award, the Conservation Award from the National Wildlife Fund, the Ambassador Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, the National Institutes of Health’s Director’s Award, the EPA’s Health Science Achievement Award and Diversity Leadership Award, as well as numerous EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAAs). Dr. Birnbaum received an honorary degree from the University of Rochester (NY).