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Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Dr. Pollard received his undergraduate degree from Rice University, and his MD and PhD (in Biochemistry) degrees from the University of Chicago. Following postdoctoral training at the NIH and at Oxford University, Dr. Pollard returned to the NIH in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), eventually becoming intramural Chief of the Laboratory of Pathology, and then Chief of the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, NIDDK. Dr. Pollard subsequently moved across Wisconsin Avenue to become Chair of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics, in the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Pollard’s principal hypothesis-driven research focus has been on proinflammatory mechanisms, with current interests in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Recently, Dr. Pollard was the Founding Director of the Collaborative Health Initiative Research Program (CHIRP), a whole genome sequencing (WGS) program of investigation, jointly sponsored by NHLBI and the Department of Defense. In addition, Dr. Pollard was also Founding Director of The American Genome Center (TAGC), which supports large scale genetic analysis of subjects in the ArmySTARRS program. Dr. Pollard is licensed to practice medicine, has received the NIH Inventor’s Award, and has authored over 350 peer reviewed scientific publications and numerous invited chapters.