Robert L. Becker, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., is chief medical officer for the Office of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices Evaluation and Safety (OIVD), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with special attention to inter-office coordination on regulation of newly emerging genetic and genomic IVDs. Dr. Becker previously served as director of the Division of Hematology and Immunology Devices in OIVD. He is experienced in regulation of IVDs aimed at cell- and tissue-based specimens (e.g., classical hematology, flow cytometry, cytology, and histopathology) as well as of blood coagulation tests and immunoserologic tests.
Dr. Becker earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in immunology at Duke University, and he is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a pathologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC, from 1983 to 2004, specializing in urologic pathology and with research and clinical service applying image analysis and flow cytometry to diagnostic pathology.