A portrait photo

Dwight Nissley, Ph.D.

Director, Cancer Research Technology Program


Dr. Dwight Nissley joined the SAIC-Frederick, Inc. (renamed Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. in September 2013) Basic Research Program (BRP) in 2001. His research efforts focused on mobile elements, retrotransposition, mechanisms of reverse transcription, the fidelity of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, and the evolution of drug resistance during HIV-1 infection. In 2004, he became the Scientific Program Manager for the BRP where he used his background in experimental, hypothesis-driven biological research to oversee and manage basic research efforts carried out in support of the NCI Center for Cancer Research. In 2008, he initiated the reorganization of the BRP into the current Basic Science Program (BSP) and became Associate Director for the BSP where he directed and managed the day-to-day operational and scientific efforts of a broad-ranging research program. In 2012, Nissley was named the Director of the Advanced Technology Program (renamed Cancer Research Technology Program Directorate in 2013).