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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.  Tara’s background includes 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. 


Report from the 2022 NIST Rapid Microbial Testing Methods (RMTM) Workshop

Stephanie Servetas, Nancy Lin, Nadratun Chowdhury, Scott Jackson, Jason Kralj, Sheng Lin-Gibson, Melody Sanders, Tara Eskandari
Safety and quality of advanced therapies, including cellular, gene, and tissue-engineered medical products, is paramount for success of these products
Created September 26, 2019, Updated March 7, 2024