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 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 is external)


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

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

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

Paladini, Carlos, Ph.D.                    [2023]
Associate Professor
John B. Pierce Laboratory
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven CT

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



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

Updated on February 27, 2019