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Tara Eskandari (Fed)

Deputy Division Chief

Tara Eskandari is Deputy Chief of the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division (BBD) at NIST’s Material Measurement Laboratory. Her responsibilities include leading division activities in strategic planning, program development and management, personnel development, strategic partnerships, and outreach/communications.   

Prior to joining NIST in 2016, Tara served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD), a translational research institute affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was a founding core member and a member of the executive leadership team. Prior to LIBD, she worked at several biotech companies including Sigma-Aldrich, QIAGEN and GeneLogic.

Tara’s background includes over 25 years of experience in various roles including executive leadership, research at the NIH and biotech companies, bioinformatics, program management, and laboratory infrastructure and team development. 

BBD Info: 
About BBD 
Core capabilities
Primary Focus Areas
Collaborations and Partnering
Technology Development
Standards and Tools

BBD-led Consortia:
Rapid Microbial Testing Methods Consortium
Genome Editing Consortium
Flow Cytometry Standards Consortium
Genome in a Bottle Consortium



2021 GEORGE A. URIANO AWARD (shared with Samantha Maragh) - group award for leadership in establishing the NIST Genome Editing Consortium to develop measurements and standards that increase confidence in genome-edited products, which offer a novel approach to treat and cure disease. 


Created September 26, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022