DataScience@Wayne Seminar with Dr. Belinda Seto
NIH/National Eye Institute (NEI)

Title: NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative

Time: Friday 11:00AM - 12:00PM, April 22nd, 2016

Location: IBio conference room 1D

Belinda Seto, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI), a position that she accepted in April 2014. Her immediate responsibilities will focus on the implementation of the NEI Audacious Goal of regenerating neurons and neural connection in the eye and visual system. She has also launched a major initiative to reengineer the information technology and bioinformatics infrastructure. Prior to joining NEI, Dr. Seto served as the Deputy Director of National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Among her responsibilities of managing the Institute, she also launched major initiatives in imaging informatics. She has been appointed by the NIH Director to serve on the NIH Scientific Data Council. She promotes the synergy between molecular biology and imaging science. She has developed policies to foster strategic partnerships with stakeholders including industries, patient advocacy groups, and strongly promotes the development of technologies to achieve health equity in the under-served populations. She chairs the NIH working group on women and bioengineering to increase the number of women and enhance their careers in bioengineering. As such, she is a strong advocate for the next generation of biomedical researchers.

Prior to joining the NIBIB, Dr. Seto was the Acting Deputy Director for Extramural Research in the Office of the Director, NIH. She led the Office of Extramural Research, which is the focal point for NIH policies and guidelines for research administration. Dr. Seto has a wealth of experience in the health policy arena, particularly AIDS policies. She also directed minority health programs in the areas of infant mortality and behavioral interventions research.

Dr. Seto earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry at Purdue University. Following postdoctoral training at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, she joined the Food and Drug Administration where she conducted research in virology for nearly 10 years. She has received numerous awards for her research, including the Distinguished Alumni Award for Science from Purdue University, the DHHS Secretary's Award for Exceptional Achievement, Inventor's Awards, NIH Director’s awards, the Ruth Kirschstein Mentoring Award, and she is listed in the American Men and Women of Science. Dr. Seto is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. She serves on numerous Federal and professional organizations committees, as well as being a member of several professional societies.

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