Christopher J. Lynch, Ph.D., is director of the Office of Nutrition Research and chief of the Nutrition Research Branch within the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Dr. Lynch is responsible for leadership of nutrition research in NIDDK and collaboratively, across National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutes and centers. He participate in strategic planning, portfolio analysis, budget and resource allocation, and assessment of research needs and opportunities that fall within the mission of NIDDK and the NIH. Dr. Lynch also develops partnerships outside NIH to further nutrition research goals. These partnerships are aimed at furthering our nutrition research goals and include both other federal agencies (for example, USDA, CDC and FDA) and private industries that fund nutrition research. As chief of a new Nutrition Research Branch of the NIDDK Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition (DDDN), Dr. Lynch lead and coordinate nutrition research and training programs funded by NIDDK. In this role, he directly manages and supervises complex programs in nutrition research, and participates in the development of new funding initiatives. Dr. Lynch received his Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Pharmacology.