Office of Knowledge and Educational Resources (OKER)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH
Dr. Mario Cerritelli was appointed as the Director of the Office of Knowledge and Educational Resources (OKER) in April 2013 in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). OKER provides timely news, advice, and instruction about NIAID extramural research funding, policies, and programs, supporting both the research community and Institute staff. OKER is responsible for publishing NIAID Funding News twice a month for more than 90,000 subscribers around the globe.
Prior to joining NIAID, Dr. Cerritelli had served for over 10 years at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) as the Intramural Training Director and Chief, Career Development and Outreach Branch, which was responsible for training, outreach and recruitment, and served as a resource for all students, fellows and their sponsors.
During his over 25 years at the NIH, Dr. Cerritelli has also provided leadership for several NIH-wide proceedings and initiatives, including the NIH Training Directors Committee, the NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program, and the Trans-NIH Recruitment’s Science & Medical Recruitment Forum. He has also served on many trans-NIH committees, including the Hispanic Employment Committee, the Office of Intramural Training and Education Executive Steering Committee, and the NIH Recreation and Welfare Advisory Council.
Dr. Cerritelli has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years for his outstanding achievements in research and in the areas of education and recruitment, including the prestigious NIH Director’s Award for Mentoring.
Dr. Cerritelli’s research interests include structural biology and structural virology. Most noteworthy, his studies at NIAMS in the Laboratory of Structural Biology Research that revealed the spool-like structure of the genomic DNA inside bacteriophage capsids, was featured on the cover of the scientific journal Cell.