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L. Michelle Bennett, Ph.D.

Member, Health & Well-Being Council

Director, Center for Research Strategy, National Cancer Institute

Chief Innovation Officer (Acting), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Michelle Bennet

Dr. L. Michelle Bennett joined the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2015 to establish the Center for Research Strategy, a science-based office charged with monitoring the direction and application of NCI’s scientific knowledge and resources. It coordinates the articulation of NCI priorities and facilitates scientific integration.

She was appointed as Chief Innovation Officer at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science in November 2020. In this role she promotes innovation and collaboration across the NIEHS as well as between NIEHS and other ICs, other federal agencies, and beyond.

Dr. Bennett earned her Ph.D. in oncology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and conducted her Post-doctoral research in the genetic susceptibility to cancer at the interface of the environment.

Dr. Bennett has extensive practical experience in promoting collaboration and team-based approaches by bringing together research scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve complex scientific problems. She co-authored Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide that serves as a primer for investigators who are building or participating on a research team.