Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity
Dr. Sesma is Chief of the Postdoctoral Branch Training in the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Dr. Sesma received his B.A. in biology and psychology from UCSD in 1976, his Ph.D. in psychology at UC Riverside in 1981, and postdoctoral training from 1981–1985 in Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Psychology at Vanderbilt University. He was a faculty member at the School of Optometry at the University of Missouri, St. Louis (1985-1994) with research focused on functional organization and development in the visual system. In 1990, as a visiting faculty member in Psychiatry at Washington University Medical School focused on the role of glutamate and glutamate receptors in normal and neurodegenerative processes that may underlie neurological and psychiatric illnesses.
In 1994, Dr. Sesma joined the NIH, first as a scientific review administrator, then program director at NIGMS. In 2002 he moved to the NIMH to direct diversity programs, and training and career development programs. He returned to NIGMS in August 2012, responsible for NIGMS postdoctoral and career development programs and research programs in training and also a portfolio of research grants in neurogenetics and genetics of behavior.