(Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama nominated Robert Califf as the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, selecting a well-respected Duke University researcher who joined the agency earlier this year.

The Obama administration made the announcement Tuesday in a statement listing nominees for several key administration posts. Since January, Califf has been deputy FDA commissioner for medical products and tobacco. Before that, he was founding director of Duke’s Clinical Research Institute, the world’s largest academic research organization, the FDA said. He also led the university’s efforts on translational research, or turning basic scientific discoveries into new treatments for patients. Califf’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

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