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Abby B. Sandler PhD


Executive Secretary
President's Cancer Panel


Abby B. Sandler, Ph.D., has served as Executive Secretary of the President’s Cancer Panel since January, 2005.  From 1999 through 2004, Dr. Sandler served as Executive Secretary of the NCI Board of Scientific Counselors, Subcommittee 1 – Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology. She became Acting Chief of the NCI Institute Review Office in May of 2004 and served as Chief of the Office from June, 2006 through December, 2012. Since January, 2013, Dr. Sandler has also served as the Special Assistant to the Director, NCI Center for Cancer Research, on the Rare Tumors Initiative. 
Before coming to NCI in 1999, Dr. Sandler was a Program Director for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Research Service in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Dr. Sandler was a scientist for Pro-Virus, Inc. (now called Wellstat Biologics) in Gaithersburg, MD from 1995 until 1998. Her research background is in the areas of molecular tumor virology and gene therapy.
Dr. Sandler received her B.S. in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her Ph.D. in biology from The Johns Hopkins University. She carried out her post-doctoral research at the National Cancer Institute.