Richard Ikeda

Director, Office of Research Information Systems


Dr. Ikeda received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1984 from the California Institute of Technology.  In 1986, after completing an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ikeda assumed a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  At Georgia Tech, he established a research program, funded by NIH and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which focused on the structure and function of DNA and RNA polymerases.


In 1999 Dr. Ikeda joined NIH as a program director within the National Institute of General Medical Studies (NIGMS) managing over $75 million in research grants annually.  After 10 years as a program director, Dr. Ikeda accepted a position as the Director of the Division of Information Services in the NIH/OD Office of Research Information Services (ORIS), and in late 2010, Dr. Ikeda was selected to become the Director of ORIS. At that time ORIS included the electronic Research Administration, eRA, that supports the grants from NIH, CDC, FDA, SAMHSA, AHRQ and the VHA, the Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization Program (RCDC) and the Division of Data Quality (DQ). In late 2017, ORIS was reorganized and now includes RCDC, DQ, the Division of Statistical Analysis and Reporting, and the Division of Data Analysis Tools and Systems. This allows ORIS to focus on reporting and analysis to enable data driven decision making at NIH.


Because of his knowledge and experience with both IT and scientific research Dr. Ikeda is often requested to lead complex and high profile projects, both quantitative and statistical. He is directly involved in many varied areas that are important to NIH’s success. These include his current roles: as the Co-chair of the Data Stewardship Sub-Committee of the Federal Demonstration Project’s Compliance Committee, as a board member of the international Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier iD (ORCID) organization, and as the NIH representative and coordinator for the Federal-wide Data Act.