L. Tony Beck, Ph.D., is a program director in the Center for Research Capacity Building, where he manages the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program that supports pre-K to grade 12 diversity pipeline projects and health-related exhibits at science centers and museums. Beck also manages the SBIR/STTR Serious STEM Interactive Digital Media program and the NIH Curriculum Supplement Series.
Prior to joining NIGMS, Beck managed science education projects in the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs and in the former National Center for Research Resources, where he also managed Clinical and Translational Science Awards and human embryonic stem cell infrastructure programs. He started his NIH career in 2000 as a scientific review officer at NIAAA, and he worked for three Maryland area biotechnology companies before coming to NIH. Beck earned a B.A. and M.S. in biological sciences at the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from the University of California, Irvine. He conducted postdoctoral research in Denver at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research in Denver.