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Stephen Sherry, PhD, Selected as Acting Director, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine

April 29, 2020

Stephen Sherry

National Library of Medicine Director, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has named Stephen Sherry, PhD, as Acting Director, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) effective March 31, 2020.

As Acting Director of NCBI, Dr. Sherry oversees a large suite of online resources for biological information and data, including the GenBank® nucleic acid sequence database and the PubMed database of citations and abstracts for published life science journals. He is also responsible for developing and operating all NCBI production services, with program areas spanning literature, sequences, chemistry, clinical research, and medical genetics.

Dr. Sherry also leads an NLM program to migrate NCBI’s largest resource, the Sequence Read Archive, into the cloud with the transfer and management of petabyte-scale sequence data on two commercial cloud platforms. He conducts research on the architecture of population genetic information to ensure human genetic information systems are both useful to researchers and respectful to the privacy of study participants.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Sherry in this role as he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure that NLM continues to provide the scientific community with important bioinformatics tools and services,” said NLM Director, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD.

Dr. Sherry earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University in 1996, and post-doc at the Louisiana State University Medical Center prior to joining NLM in 1998.


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Last Reviewed: April 29, 2020