Dina Paltoo

Assistant Director for Policy Development, National Library of Medicine


Dr. Paltoo leads NLM’s policy and legislative activities that promote stewardship and access to scientific and clinical data and information, as well as health information technology.  She also works across the NIH and Federal agencies on initiatives and activities relevant to these topics, including open science and data science.  Prior to joining NLM, Dr. Paltoo was the Director of the Division of Scientific Data Sharing Policy within the NIH Director’s Office of Science Policy (OSP). While there, she was responsible for NIH policy efforts in scientific data sharing and management, open science, and genomics and health, including, for example, NIH policies for the sharing of genomic data and the NIH-Lacks family agreement and policy on the sharing of HeLa genome sequence data. She previously was the Director of the Genetics, Health, and Society Program in OSP.  Dr. Paltoo joined OSP from NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she was a Program Director in genetics, pharmacogenetics, and personalized medicine and led activities to promote the sharing of these and other data. She also served as a scientific advisor on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Personalized Healthcare Initiative, was a National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellow in Molecular Epidemiology, and taught at Howard and Morgan State Universities.  Dr. Paltoo received her Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from Howard University, was a postdoctoral fellow in Cellular Biophysics and Biochemistry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and obtained a M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics).