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Bruce Tromberg to lead the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

12 September 2018

Bruce Tromberg
Bruce Tromberg

SPIE Fellow Bruce Tromberg, professor at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, was selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in Bethesda, Maryland. NIBIB is one of 27 institutes and centers that are part of NIH, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

In a statement released 6 September, NIH Director Francis Collins noted, "Bruce brings substantial experience in biophotonics, and demonstrated his commitment to state-of-the-art imaging and bioengineering technologies through his research and leadership on numerous advisory committees, including the NIBIB National Advisory Council." In this new role, Tromberg will manage 230 staff and NIBIB's annual budget of approximately $378 million, which includes funding research budgeted for laboratories at NIH and more than 800 active grants awarded to universities around the globe.

As a pioneering leader in the field of biophotonics and highly engaged Member of the Society, Tromberg was named an SPIE Fellow in 2007. He has played many roles at SPIE events from session chair to symposium chair, as a panel member to panel moderator, presenting his work in conference sessions as well as plenary sessions. He has served on the SPIE Board of Directors and in 2009 received the SPIE Directors' Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biomedical Optics from 1999-2009.

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