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Francis Collins to Serve Under Third President as NIH Director

Jan. 15, 2021, 9:11 PM

Francis S. Collins will stay on as NIH director under the Biden administration, making him one of the few biomedical agency directors to span three presidents.

“I’m pleased that President-Elect Biden has asked me to continue in my role as Director of the National Institutes of Health,” Collins said in a statement. “I am honored to continue to lead this great agency, especially at a time when NIH’s role in fighting this pandemic is so critical.”

The decision to keep Collins was largely expected as he’s well-respected among Democrats and Republicans and would be unlikely to abandon his post in ...