Director: Samuel Klein, MD
Associate Director: Bettina Mittendorfer, PhD
Associate Director: Brian Finck, PhD
Administrator: Stephanie Paton

Contact: Stephanie Paton
Phone: 314-362-2632

The Washington University NORC Administrative Core promotes collaboration, growth and success within the NORC membership. The NORC Director, Associate Directors, Administrator, and Core Directors/Associate Directors, with governance by the Executive Committee, are responsible for monitoring and documenting the use of each Core, preventing overlap of funding for services provided, managing the budget, and making certain compliance and appropriate guidelines are met. The Administrative Core oversees the Enrichment Program, manages the Pilot and Feasibility Program, coordinates the Executive Committee and External Advisory Committee meetings, tracks publications and grants that were facilitated by NORC funding, manages and oversees the fiscal aspects of the NORC and reports annually to the NIH/NIDDK.


NORC Executive Committee Roster
NameRelevant Positions
Samuel Klein, MDCommittee Chair
NORC Director
Bettina Mittendorfer, PhDNORC Associate Director
Clinical Science Research Core Director
Brian Finck, PhDNORC Associate Director
Animal Model Research Core Director
Nada Abumrad, PhDCellular and Molecular Biology Core Director
Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, RNDissemination and Implementation Science Core Director
Dominic Reeds, MDPilot and Feasibility Program Director
Brian DeBosch, MD, PhDEnrichment Program Director
William Powderly, MDDirector, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences
External Advisory Committee (2015-2021)
Naji Abumrad, MDProfessor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Bariatric Surgery
Substrate and Energy Metabolism
Dennis Bier, MDProfessor of Pediatrics
Director, USDA Nutrition Research Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Nutrition and Obesity
Stable Isotope Tracers and Mass Spectrometry
Intermediary Metabolism
Jay Horton, MDProfessor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics
University of Texas Southwestern        Medical Center
Animal Models
Molecular Biology                   
Fatty Liver
Lipoprotein Metabolism
Steven Zeisel, MDProfessor of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Nutrition
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Public Health