Dr. Collins had been prepared to step down from the post on Friday, after Trump’s inauguration, and return to his lab at the NIH Bethesda campus. However, with Thursday’s news, he will remain as director for the time being.
It is not yet known whether Trump will permanently reappoint Collins to be his NIH director for his full term. Collin’s office directed all further questions to the Trump transition.
Dr. Collins has met with Trump in New York in recent days and is known to be interested in staying on as director in the new administration.
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