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Dr. Susan Heller-Zeisler

Dr. Zeisler received her B.A. degree from San Jose State University, with a major in Biological Sciences and minor in Chemistry.  After moving to the East Coast, she worked for nine years for the National Bureau of Standards (now National Institute of Standards and Technology), in the field of nuclear analytical chemistry, mainly in the elemental and speciation analysis of biological and environmental samples.  She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, while working concurrently at NBS/NIST.  She was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship, and worked at the Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin on separation and identification methods for selenoproteins. 

Following the completion of her postdoctoral work, Dr. Zeisler worked for three years at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria in the Section of Nutritional and Health-related Environmental Studies.  After her return to the United States, she served as laboratory manager for the Atmospheric Chemistry Group at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She also taught in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University for several semesters, including beginning inorganic and analytical chemistry. She is author or co-author on 40 publications. 

In 2000, she returned to NIST to serve as an International Affairs Officer in the International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO).  Her portfolio has included coordination and assistance of NIST's cooperative activities with Russia, Finland, Germany, Korea, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Council Countries, and administration of the U.S-Egypt S&T Joint Board.  Currently, she is focused on coordinating the education programs at NIST for which IAAO is responsible, including the NIST National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship programs, the NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers, and NIST's participation in the DHS Summer Undergraduate Internship program. She also serves as the NIST representative for reporting NIST's academic and STEM activities for the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education.

Dr. Susan Heller-Zeisler


Academic Affairs Officer
International and Academic Affairs Office

Phone: 301-975-3111
Email: susan.heller-zeisler@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-3530