Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
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Anthony D. Carter, Ph.D.

Anthony D. Carter is a Program Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  He earned his A.B. degree at Princeton University in 1975. After teaching high school biology and general science for one year, he entered University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University where he received a Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1980. He was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow and Staff Fellow at the National Cancer Institute from 1980-1984. Later, as a Senior Staff Fellow, he developed a molecular biology program for cloning and characterizing genes for signal transduction proteins in the Metabolic Diseases Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases. In 1989, he accepted a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Human Genetics and the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Medical College of Virginia. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), he continued his research on the regulation of expression of signal transduction proteins. He also obtained NSF and local community support for "scientific partnerships" designed to enhance interactions between underrepresented scientists and elementary schools in Virginia and Connecticut. In 1995, he returned to the NIH as a Scientific Review Administrator at the Center for Scientific Review where he supervised the review of postdoctoral fellowship applications and of research grant applications on emerging technology in the area of molecular genetics. In 1999, he assumed his current position at NIGMS. As a Program Director, he is responsible for planning, advising, directing, and evaluating program activities for a portfolio of 206 research grants in the general area of  "Chromosome Organization and Gene Regulation” and 46 research grants in the area of  “Developmental Genetics.” He continues to have an active interest in K-12 science education and participates on science education advisory committees as well as volunteering time at local schools.