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CBER’s Research Scientists

Compilation of images representing CBER's Research areas.

CBER currently has about 450 research scientists, most of whom are organized into laboratory groups led by Principal Investigators (PIs) with associated staff scientists, research fellows, and technicians. The majority of CBER’s research staff are researcher-reviewers who both conduct research and perform regulatory review. Listings below describe the work of individual CBER PIs by research area. Organizationally, PI-led groups are part of units known as Labs or Branches; Labs/Branches comprise Divisions, and Divisions are assembled into Offices. Each Office is organized around the products that its scientists regulate. Laboratory research activities are included in CBER’s three product Offices that manage review of 1) vaccines, allergenics, and live biotherapeutic products; 2) blood products and related diagnostics; and 3) cell, gene, and tissue-based biological therapeutics. Research is also conducted by scientists in the Office of Biostatistics and Pharmacovigilance, which provides statistical review across all types of products. Laboratory work in the Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality focuses on testing products being released for use in the U.S. market.

CBER Biological Research Projects

Regulatory Science Research Offices

CBER Research by the Numbers

65 Principal Investigators; 100 Postdoctoral & postbaccalaureate fellows; 250 Scientific Publications in 2023; 303 Meeting presentations in 2023; 177 Technology Transfer Agreements in 2023; 101 Employee Invention Reports, Patents, & New Licenses since 2019

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Scientists may join CBER’s research program in several ways. Postdoctoral and postbaccalaureate fellows may be appointed via fellowships supported by CBER through the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE). These positions are advertised on CBER’s web site and on scientific and general web sites, and applications are entered via the ORISE Research Opportunities section. ORISE fellowships are available to those within 5 years of their most recent academic degree and can be renewed for up to 5 years. Other specialized fellowship opportunities include CBER’s Regenerative Medicine Fellowship, the Interagency Oncology Task Force Fellowship (a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute at NIH), and the Translational Science Interagency Fellowship (a collaboration with the National Center for Translational Science of NIH). Scientists of any level may be appointed via short-term contracts or selected for open federal positions, which may be temporary (staff fellows or visiting associates) or permanent (staff scientists or visiting scientists). Permanent federal positions are advertised on CBER’s web site as well as scientific and general web sites, and applications are entered via the USAJobs web site. Students may join paid fellowship programs or volunteer for short term internships using the Student Volunteer Service Program. Individual PIs may be contacted for information about current laboratory openings.

All positions require that candidates are either U.S. citizens, or that the candidate has lived in the United States for 3 of the last 5 years and is eligible for an applicable work visa.

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