David F. Owens

David F. Owens, Ph.D.

Acting Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Research
Photo of David Owens, Acting Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Research
Areas of Interest:
Stem and progenitor cell biology in the developing and adult nervous system

Dr. David Owens is the Acting Deputy Director of the NINDS Extramural program. Before assuming this position, he was a Program Director in the Repair and Plasticity Cluster at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He earned a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Columbia University where he studied cellular signaling during neocortical development and conducted postdoctoral research in developmental neurobiology at NINDS. His current interests include the role of neurotransmitter signaling during early stages nervous system development, the signals that influence the proliferation, migration, and differentiation of cells of the cerebral cortex, and stem cell biology.