Bill will oversee all Extramural Research and training programs, working with each program director and all business units to advance our research efforts.
The Society has named Bill Phelps, PhD, as our new senior vice president of Extramural Research, effective immediately. He replaces Bill Chambers, PhD, who retired in June.
Bill has been with the Society for 14 years, first serving as director of our preclinical and translational research program, and then as vice president of Extramural Research for the last two and a half years. He has been instrumental in developing many initiatives that support the Extramural Research department, including its operations, communications, fundraising, liaison efforts, and strategic planning. He has managed our peer review committees focused on cell biology, infectious disease, molecular genetics, and cancer drug discovery.
Before joining the Society in 2004, Bill worked in antiviral and anticancer research with the pharmaceutical industry for 13 years. He also spent two and a half years as vice president of research and development with a small startup biotech company.
Additionally, he held an appointment as adjunct professor of genetics and microbiology at Duke University Medical Center from 1996-2004. Bill is a graduate of Rhodes College (BS in Biology), Virginia Tech (MS in Botany), and the University of Minnesota (PhD in Microbiology). He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute.