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P. Kay Lund PhD.

NIH Extramural Research Training Officer in the Office of Extramural Research, Office of the Director, at the National Institutes of Health
Director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce

P. Kay Lund is Director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce and the NIH Extramural Research Training Officer in the Office of Extramural Research, Office of the Director, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Her role is to provide leadership for development, implementation, policy and evaluation of extramural programs related to research training, career development and diversity of the biomedical research workforce, including institutional training grants, individual pre- and postdoctoral fellowships and Career Development K awards.  She is also involved in monitoring transitions of trainees, fellows and K awardees to the next career steps including successful transitions to independent research careers. Her division performs research and economic analyses to evaluate training and career development programs and predict trends and future needs for biomedical researchers across the entire spectrum of career paths. An area of recent emphasis has been on innovative strategies to recruit, retain and accelerate independence for early stage physician/clinician scientists. 

Dr. Lund joined NIH from a career in academia including appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard, and at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her long-standing research and publications focused on the glucagon-like peptides (GLPs), insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) and insulin family including basic molecular biology, gene structure and regulation and roles in diabetes, intestinal epithelial renewal, regeneration and early stage cancer. Most recently she has studied roles specifically in intestinal stem cells. 

Dr. Lund has mentored many biomedical researchers from undergraduate students, through graduate students, postdocs and early stage faculty and both Ph.D. and clinician scientists a majority of whom are succeeding as independent researchers. She was co-PI on an IRACDA institutional training grant which combines a postdoctoral experience at a research-intensive university with experience as a faculty member at a partner institution that serves typically under-represented groups. She is the recipient of many awards including an Award for the Advancement of Women, the Davenport award from American Physiological Society and the 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award from the American Gastroenterology Association.  

Dr. Lund has published widely in her scientific discipline(s) and also about multiple potential career outcomes for Ph.D. scientists, women in science, and for clinician investigators. Dr. Lund serves as co-chair of the NIH Training Advisory Committee and an NIH Working Group on Strengthening the Biomedical Workforce.