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Michael J. Tarlov

Michael Tarlov is chief of the Biomolecular Measurement Division, which develops the measurement science, standards, technology, and data required to support the nation's needs for determining the composition, structure, quantity, and function of biomolecules. This work will help to advance biotechnology, DNA forensics, biomedical and bioscience research, and health care. Mike Tarlov received a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Minnesota. During his career at NIST he has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications in the areas of self-assembled monolayers, biochemical sensing, and bioprocess measurements.  Mike was formerly chief of the Process Measurements Division, and was acting chief of the Biochemical Science Division.  Mike is also responsible for leading the cross-division NIST Biomanufacturing Program, which develops measurement science, standards, and reference data to support the development, manufacturing, and regulatory approval of protein drugs.


American Chemical Society (Member of Biochemical Technology, Colloid and Surface Science Divisions)            
Parenteral Drug Association
American Society for Mass Spectrometry


Department of Commerce Silver Medal, 2004

Mike Tarlov


Division Chief
Biomolecular Measurement

Employment History:

Chief, Biomolecular Measurement Division, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST
2012 - present

Acting Chief, Biochemical Science Division, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST    

Deputy Chief, Biochemical Science Division, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST                                                
2010 - 2012

Chief, Process Measurements Division, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory, NIST                                                        
2009 - 2010

Leader, Process Sensing Group, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory, NIST                                                                         
1997 - 2009

Program Analyst, Program Office, Office of the Director, NIST                                                                                
1996 - 1997

Research Chemist, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory, NIST                                                                                                   1987 - 1996


Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, 1987
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

B.A., Chemistry, 1981
Colgate University, Hamilton, New York


Phone: 301-975-2058
Email: michael.tarlov@nist.gov