Diane Klotz, Ph.D.

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Diane Klotz, Ph.D.

Chief Learning Officer
Director, Office of Education, Training, and International Services

Diane Klotz's Bio

Dr. Diane Klotz is the Chief Learning Officer at Sanford Burnham Prebys, where she contributes to the educational strategy across all areas and levels of the organization. 

She oversees the Institute’s approach to designing a high-performing education and training function that is responsible for creating and delivering educational, career and professional development, and leadership development programs to equip all personnel to achieve, innovate, and grow. 

Diane also serves as the Institute’s Accreditation Liaison Officer, the Associate Dean of Administration and Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and as the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) executive sponsor.

Diane received her Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Tulane University, and pursued  postdoctoral research training at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Outside the lab, Diane has served as a member and chair of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Board of Directors, where she remains active as chair of the NPA Advisory Council. 

She has also served on NIH study sections for the Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) Award program and served as a member of the NIH BEST External Scientific Panel of advisors. 

She is a certified DiSC® facilitator, Influence Style Indicator™ facilitator, Leadership Process: Motivating Achievement facilitator and MBTI® practitioner, and has achieved comprehensive certification in Conflict Management and Change Management from Kilmann Diagnostics, along with a certificate for Negotiation and Leadership from the Harvard Program on Negotiation.


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