Dr. Kenneth Olden

Dr. Kenneth Olden is the former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Serving in these positions from 1991 to 2005, Dr. Olden became the first African-American to become Director of one of the 18 institutes. After earning a Ph.D. in Cell Biology/Biochemistry from Temple University, Dr. Olden held several research, teaching and director positions, including Research Fellow and Instructor of Physiology at Harvard University; Associate Professor of Oncology at Howard University’s Medical School; Professor of Oncology and Director of Howard University’s Cancer Center; and Professor and Chair of the Howard University Department of Oncology. Over the course of his career, Dr. Olden has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award given by President Clinton for his “sustained extraordinary accomplishments.” He has published over 125 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, one of which was subsequently designated as a “citation classic.” Dedicated to improving the health of humanity, Dr. Olden is an active advisor to several non-profit foundations, including the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation and the Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative. Currently, Dr. Olden is the Chief of the Metastasis Section, Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis at the NIEHS and the Yerby Visiting Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.