George Kunos, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director

George Kunos, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director

Mission Statement:

  1. Provides Scientific, program, and administrative leadership for the Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research;
  2. Promotes an environment conducive to productive research; and
  3. Coordinates activities, establishes priorities, and analyzes and evaluates progress.


Name Title E-Mail Phone
George Kunos, MD/PhD Scientific Director 301.443.2069
Emily Surette Secretary



NIAAA Board of Scientific Counselors

The Board of Scientific Counselors is comprised of eminent scientists with expertise in alcohol research and related areas of scientific endeavor. Employed outside of NIH, they periodically convene to review the quality of NIAAA intramural science and scientists and advise the Scientific Director. NIAAA is most appreciative of their efforts.

 Board Members   [Terms conclude in the year designated in brackets.]



Mitchell, Mack C., Jr., M.D. [2021]
Professor and Vice Chairman
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX


De Araujo, Ivan E., Ph.D. [2021]
De Araujo Lab
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY 

De Wit, Harriet, Ph.D. [2023]
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, UCLA Brain Research Institute
Pritzker School of Medicine
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637

Diehl, Anna Mae, M.D. [2024]
Florence McAlister Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham NC

Evans, Christopher [2023]
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Director, UCLA Brain Research Institute
Stefan Hatos Endowed Chair, Director
Shirley and Stephan Hatos Center of Neuropharmacology
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Grant, Kathleen, Ph.D. [2024]
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Center
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Paladini, Carlos, Ph.D. [2023]
Department of Biology
The University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio TX

Szabo, Gyongyi, M.D., Ph.D. [2024]
Chief Academic Officer
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beth Israel Lahey Health
Faculty Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard Medical School
Editor-in-Chief, Hepatology Communications
Boston, MA


Kunos, George, M.D., Ph.D.
Scientific Director
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Rockville, MD

Updated on July 14, 2020