**Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo Named Successor to Dr. Anthony Fauci as Top Infectious Disease Expert**
**University of Alabama Research Scientist to Lead National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases**
Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, a research scientist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been appointed as the new director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). This prestigious position sees her succeeding Dr. Anthony Fauci, who retired in December after a five-decade career as the nation’s top infectious disease expert. Dr. Marrazzo’s appointment was made by Lawrence Tabak, acting director for the National Institutes of Health.
**Taking Charge of the NIAID**
As the director of the NIAID, Dr. Marrazzo will assume responsibility for overseeing the agency’s $6.3 billion budget, its extensive research initiatives, and its response to infectious disease outbreaks. This key role places her at the forefront of the nation’s efforts to combat and mitigate the impact of infectious diseases.
**Dr. Marrazzo’s Background and Expertise**
Dr. Marrazzo is widely recognized for her research on sexually transmitted diseases and the prevention of HIV infection. She currently serves as the director of the medical school’s division of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama, where she has made significant contributions to the field. With her extensive experience and expertise, Dr. Marrazzo is well-positioned to lead the NIAID in its ongoing mission to advance knowledge, develop treatments, and protect public health.
**A National Figure in the Fight Against COVID-19**
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Fauci gained nationwide recognition for his role in providing critical updates and guidance to the public. His daily appearances at White House press conferences and frequent media interviews made him a household name. As his successor, Dr. Marrazzo steps into this prominent role and will continue to play a central part in addressing the ongoing challenges posed by infectious diseases, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
**Continuity in Leadership: Dr. Hugh Auchincloss Jr. as Acting Director**
Following Dr. Fauci’s retirement, Dr. Hugh Auchincloss Jr. has been serving as the acting director of the NIAID. With Dr. Marrazzo’s appointment, the institute ensures a seamless transition of leadership as it continues its vital work in combating infectious diseases and safeguarding public health.
With her extensive knowledge, research background, and dedication to public health, Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo is poised to make significant contributions as the new director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Her appointment reinforces the commitment of the NIAID to tackle the challenges posed by infectious diseases and underscores the importance of ongoing research, prevention efforts, and swift responses to outbreaks. As she takes the reins in the fall, Dr. Marrazzo will lead the institute in fulfilling its critical mission of protecting the nation’s health and well-being.