Derrick C. Tabor, Ph.D.

Derrick C. Tabor

Division of Scientific Programs
Integrative Biological and Behavioral Sciences
Email: Derrick.Tabor@nih.gov
Phone: 301-594-8950

Dr. Derrick C. Tabor manages a diverse portfolio of research, capacity building, and training grants. He is the scientific contact for funding opportunity announcements related to racism, discrimination, minority men, medical adherence, nutrition, and food insecurity. Dr. Tabor is also the division point-of-contact for NIMHD Small Business Programs. He is the program director for the Research Centers at Minority Institutions (RCMI) and is a project scientist on several NIMHD cooperative agreement awards. He also represents NIMHD on NIH-wide working groups.

Prior to joining NIMHD, Dr. Tabor was a program director in the Minority Opportunity Research Division at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Before joining NIH, he conducted independent research on the synthesis and characterization of novel cationic cyanine dyes as a faculty member and department chair at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also served as a research chemist at Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, and co-authored two U.S. patents.

Dr. Tabor earned his B.S. in chemistry from Saginaw Valley College (now Saginaw Valley State University) in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1974 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1979. While obtaining his Ph.D. degree, he studied novel synthetic methods under Dr. Slayton A. Evans, Jr., UNC-CH Department of Chemistry. Dr. Tabor completed his postdoctoral training at UNC-CH, studying the synthesis and characterization of novel cationic organometallic complexes, and at the Loker Hydrocarbon Institute, University of Southern California, researching the conversion of methane and its derivatives to gasoline hydrocarbons. At the Loker Hydrocarbon Institute, he studied under Dr. George Olah, 1994 Chemistry Nobel Laureate.

Selected Publications