President-elect Barack Obama could appoint a key player at the N.C. Research Campus as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Rob Califf, the author of Duke University’s MURDOCK Study in Kannapolis, is on the short list to head FDA, according to several blogs that cover the pharmaceutical industry.

The day after the Nov. 4 election, the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog reported that Democratic congressional staffers were floating names for top health posts in the new administration.

For details, see the report.