Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
Charles A. Wells, M.S., Ph.D.
Research Program Officer
Charles A. Wells, Ph.D., joined the ORWH in 2005. He oversees the Research Enhancement Awards Program (REAP). Dr. Wells also serves on the Department of Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health and the NIH Coordinating Committee on Research on Women's Health. His duties include assisting the ORWH director in increasing the scientific community’s awareness of the importance of sex and gender factors in biomedical research, health care, and public policy.
Prior to joining ORWH, Dr. Wells was the Director of Public Health and Environmental Justice, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH. He also served as a Senior Advisor for diabetes prevention research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and as a Senior Health Scientist Administrator at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Wells was a member of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice.
He served on active duty as a Senior Scientist Officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service for more than 28 years. He has also taught part time at Howard University. He has served on numerous review and technical panels, boards, and federal advisory committees. Dr. Wells has received numerous agency awards and commendations from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.
Dr. Wells received his Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology and physiology from Howard University. The research for his Ph.D. and qualifying examinations for his Ph.D. were conducted at the NIH. He also completed post-doctoral training in molecular biology at the NIH as a Staff Fellow and post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.