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Clifton A. Poodry

Director of Minority Opportunities in Research Division

National Institutes of Health

Clifton A. Poodry is the Director of the Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Division at the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH. He is responsible for developing and implementing NIGMS policies and plans for minority research and research training programs. He also serves as a liaison between NIGMS and NIH, other federal agencies and the scientific community.

Prior to 1994, Dr. Poodry had been a Professor of Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he also served in several administrative capacities.

Dr. Poodry is a native of Tonawanda Seneca Indian Reservation in Western New York. He earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in Biology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and received a Ph.D. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University. He was the 1995 recipient of the Ely S. Parker Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society for contributions in science and service to the American Indian community. In 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The State University of New York in recognition of his accomplishments in science and in the development of activities on behalf of minority students.

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