Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
Keren L. Witkin, Ph.D.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Before beginning her fellowship in the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, Keren worked in the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE), where she designed and implemented training programs for summer interns. She has also helped to establish research programs for community college and high school students at the NIH. Prior to joining OITE, Keren was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular and Cell Biology in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). While in NIDDK, she used the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to investigate factors that influence the physical structure of the nucleus and consequently affect nuclear function. During her time as a postdoctoral fellow, Keren taught a graduate course in molecular and cell biology and volunteered with elementary, high school, and community college students interested in science. Keren began her training in biological sciences as an undergraduate at Wellesley College, and then received her doctorate in molecular and cell biology from the University of California Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Keren used biochemical methods to identify novel components of the telomerase enzyme. After receiving her doctorate, Keren taught cell biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston for one year before coming to the NIH. Her professional interests include science education, science communication, and science policy. In her free time, Keren enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.