Rodney E. Ulane, 69, a National Institutes of Health microbiologist and program administrator, died March 7 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

A doctor from the pathology department at Johns Hopkins Hospital said tests to determine the cause of death are pending.

Dr. Ulane, a Rockville resident, spent 24 years at NIH. From 1971 to 1991, he held a number of roles as a research scientist and administrator, including senior staff fellow at the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and executive secretary at the Center for Scientific Review.

He served as an associate dean and director of the biomedical sciences graduate and PhD program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from 1991 to 2004, when he left to manage similar programs at New York University.

Dr. Ulane returned to NIH in 2009 and served as the director of the Division of Scientific Programs in the Office of Extramural Programs.

Rodney Edward Ulane was a Chicago native and a 1965 biology graduate of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he played in a jazz band. He received a master’s degree in 1968 and a doctorate in 1971, both in microbiology from Southern Illinois University.

He then joined NIH as a staff fellow at what is now the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Marta Daczyszyn Ulane of Rockville; two children, Christina Ulane and Paul Ulane, both of New York City; and two brothers.

— Megan McDonough