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Deputy Scientific Director

David Schneeweis, Ph.D.

David Schneeweis

David Schneeweis, Ph.D., is the deputy scientific director and acting scientific director of the NEI intramural research program.

Schneeweis trained in biomedical engineering, earning a B.S. from Boston University in 1984 and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1991. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, studying retinal signal processing. After a brief time at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Schneeweis spent six years as faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Schneeweis transitioned his career to science administration in 2007 when he joined Northwestern University, serving as assistant director of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN). He managed NUIN’s day-to-day operations and taught and mentored students and postdoctoral trainees. In 2013, he joined NEI as deputy scientific director. He was appointed acting scientific director in 2019.


Last updated: October 7, 2019