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
Kim Bochniak Secretary 301.443.1234
Emily Kirby 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.]


Nagy, Laura E., Ph.D.          [2020]
Department of Pathobiology
Lerner Research Institute
Cleveland Clinic, Pathobiology
Cleveland, OH


De Araujo, Ivan E., Ph.D.          [2021]
Associate Professor
John B. Pierce Laboratory
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

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

Nestler, Eric J., M.D., Ph.D.          [2020]
Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience
Chair, Department of Neuroscience
Director, Friedman Brain Institute
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY

Ntambi, James M., Ph.D.          [2018]
Steenbock Professor of Biochemistry and
Nutritional Sciences
Department of Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Ron, Dorit, Ph.D.         [2020]
Endowed Chair
Professor in Residence
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Serhan, Charles Nicholas, Ph.D.         [2018]
Simon Gelman Professor of Anesthesia
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Department Anesthesiology, Perioperative
and Pain Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Valenzuela, C. Fernando, M.D., Ph.D.          [2020]
Regents' Professor
Department of Neurosciences
School of Medicine
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Albuquerque, NM



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