(USNewsMag.com) – Dr. Jeanne M. Marrazzo has been named to replace Dr. Anthony Fauci as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She will start her new position in the fall, according to the National Institute of Health.
Marrazzo, who is board certified in infectious disease, currently works at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as the Division of Infectious Diseases director.
Marrazzo is an American College of Physicians fellow as well as an Infectious Diseases Society of America fellow. She has received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association. She is well known for her work in the prevention of HIV. From 2009–2011, she led a study of medications for HIV prevention in Africa. In 2015, her study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The National Institute of Health’s Acting Director, Lawrence A. Tabak, stated that she “brings a wealth of leadership experience” to the position.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is the second-biggest center at the National Institutes of Health, with a $6.3 billion budget. Research that supports understanding, diagnosing, and treating infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases is the focus of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The NIH supports projects at universities as well as research organizations and a network of 21 labs across the United States.
Fauci stated that he was “very pleased by the choice” and said he thought she was “going to do a really good job.” He added that he thought she would like the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases team.
Dr. Hugh Auchincloss has been serving as acting director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since Fauci resigned in December. Fauci had served as the director for 38 years. He is now working at Georgetown University’s medical school as a Distinguished University Professor.
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