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Michael F. Huerta, PhD; Acting Deputy Director for Operations and Innovation, NLM
Michael Huerta

Acting Deputy Director for Operations and Innovation

National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bldg. 38, Room 2S20
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894

(301) 827-6451


As Acting Deputy Director for Operations and Innovation at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Dr. Michael F. Huerta develops frameworks and models for innovation and new growth opportunities. Dr. Huerta also provides administrative oversight for the overall NLM research portfolio, serves as NLM Chief Diversity Officer, and provides senior executive support to NLM’s Division and Office Directors.

Dr. Huerta has spent more than 30 years at NIH and has made major contributions to the development and implementation of open science, as well as large-scale, open, digital biomedical research and technology initiatives. Most recently, he directed the NLM Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) and served as Associate Director of NLM for Strategy to identify, implement, and assess strategic directions of NLM. Throughout his tenure at NIH, Dr. Huerta has led many NIH research initiatives, including the NIH Human Connectome Project, the National Database for Autism Research, and the U.S. Human Brain Project, which was key in creating and establishing the field of neuroinformatics. He chairs several committees across NIH and NLM to help realize the promise of data science and open science for biomedicine.

Dr. Huerta’s research background is in systems neuroscience; his undergraduate and doctoral work was completed at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University and on the faculty of the University of Connecticut Health Center before joining NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health in 1991 and moving to the National Library of Medicine in 2011.

Last Reviewed: February 29, 2024