Dr. Gayle Lester is director of the Division of Extramural Research (DER). Dr. Lester held the position in an acting role following the reorganization of the NIAMS extramural program in April 2018. She assumed the director position in March 2020 and oversees both DER and the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA).


Mary Baldwin College
B.A., Chemistry

Medical College of Virginia
Ph.D., Pharmacology


Health Science Administrator, NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Research Professor, Departments of Orthopaedics and Pharmacology,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Last Updated: February 2023