NIH mourns the loss of Dr. Rod Ulane, NIH Training Officer and Director of the Division of Scientific Programs in the Office of Extramural Programs. Dr. Ulane passed away unexpectedly March 7. He was an ardent and dedicated supporter of biomedical research workforce training. His impact was felt across the NIH and extended to other government agencies, foundations, societies, and institutions with a stake in training the next generation of biomedical scientists. At the time of his death, Dr. Ulane was playing a key role in implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Committee to the Director’s working group on the biomedical workforce. Over the next few years, as these initiatives take shape, Dr. Ulane’s influence will be felt.
Dr. Ulane earned his PhD in yeast genetics and developmental biology from Southern Illinois University in 1971. He served as associate dean and director of MD/PhD programs at both the New York University School of Medicine and at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate and Medical Schools in Dallas, and remained in touch with many of his former students. He had a wealth NIH experience, from his early work as an intramural staff research fellow, to his later leadership positions within the Center for Scientific Review and as a program director in the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Dr. Ulane will be sorely missed by his colleagues; he is remembered for his dedication to young scientists and their training.