Kathy L. Hudson is the Deputy Director for Science, Outreach and Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Hudson leads the science policy, legislation, communications and outreach efforts of the NIH and serves as a senior advisor to the NIH Director. She is responsible for creating major new strategic and scientific initiatives for NIH and is currently leading the planning and creation of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative. Dr. Hudson was a key architect of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the NIH BRAIN Initiative. She directs the agency’s efforts to advance biomedical science through policy development and innovative projects and partnerships.
Dr. Hudson’s professional experience includes serving as the Acting Deputy Director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH; NIH Chief of Staff; Assistant Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH; and founder and Director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at John Hopkins University. Also at Hopkins, Dr. Hudson was an Associate Professor in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Institute of Genetic Medicine, and Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Hudson holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California at Berkeley, a master of science in microbiology from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor of arts in biology from Carleton College.