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Kleeberger Named Acting Deputy Director

By Eddy Ball
January 2009

Photo of Acting Deputy Director Steve Kleeberger, Ph.D.
NIEHS Acting Deputy Director Steve Kleeberger (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

In one of his first official acts as NIEHS acting deputy director, Steve Kleeberger, Ph.D., took his place at the table during the May 21-22 meeting of the NIEHS National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council. He was formally introduced to the group by NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

In a message to NIEHS employees in April, Birnbaum described Kleeberger as "a top-notch researcher of gene-environment interaction in the pathogenesis of environmental lung disease" and praised the "wealth of scientific expertise and administrative experience [he brings] to the role of acting deputy director of the NIEHS." Speaking to Council members, Birnbaum also highlighted Kleeberger's experience as an NIH grantee prior to joining the Institute in 2002.

Kleeberger is the chief of the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology and Principal Investigator of the Environmental Genetics Group. In 2006 he received the NIEHS Director's Challenge Award to lead an interdisciplinary team in translating this research to applications in human health. In 2008, he received the NIH Director's Service Award (see story).

Prior to joining NIEHS, Kleeberger was a full professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Currently, he holds adjunct professorships at the Duke University School of Medicine and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in leading biomedical journals, as well as two dozen book chapters and invited reviews.

Kleeberger has served as a reviewer for more than 20 journals. He has also held a number of editorial board positions with such journals as Pharmacogenetics, The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. From 2006 to 2008, Kleeberger served as deputy editor for Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), and he continues to serve on the EHP advisory board.

With more than 100 invited lectures in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America to his credit, Kleeberger enjoys a high profile in the scientific community. He has been president of the Inhalation Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology, and he serves on multiple study sections at the National Institutes of Health, international advisory committees on genetic susceptibility, and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) review panels.

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