Sally Tinkle, Ph.D.

Deputy Director
National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Dr. Sally Tinkle is the Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office of the National Science and Technology Council. Her responsibilities include facilitation and coordination of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, especially the environment, health, and safety activities. Previously, as Senior Science Advisor in the Office of the Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Tinkle developed the NIEHS nanotoxicology extramural research portfolio and the NIEHS NanoHealth and Safety Enterprise, a framework for public-private partnerships. She has been an active member of the trans-NIH Nanotechnology Task Force and is senior author of the health implications section of the NIH Nanotechnology Report to the NIH Director. At the federal level, Dr. Tinkle co-chaired the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (2009 – 2010) and is the NSET Nanotechnology Environment and Health Implications working group (NEHI) Task Group Leader for human health and nanomaterials. She is a senior author on the human health sections of the three NEHI environment health and safety (EHS) documents that form the federal approach to EHS research. She is frequently an invited speaker at nanotechnology meetings, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Tinkle received her PhD from the Department of Physiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, CO and was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Science. Prior to joining NIH, she was the leader of a pulmonary and dermal toxicology laboratory at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown, WV.