heilman carole

Former Director, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, NIAID; Consultant
United States

Dr. Carole Heilman (retired) was formerly the Director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID), at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). As Director of DMID she provided scientific direction, oversight, and management of all extramural research programs on infectious diseases, except AIDS, within the NIH from 1999-2016. Dr. Heilman played a critical role in launching and directing NIAIDs extramural effort in research on biodefense and emerging infectious diseases.

Previously, Dr. Heilman served as Deputy Director of the Division of AIDS, at the NIAID/NIH. Dr. Heilman has a Ph.D. in microbiology from Rutgers University. She did her post-doctoral work in molecular virology at the National Cancer Institute and continued on at the NCI as a senior staff fellow in molecular oncology.

She moved into the health science administration area in 1986 where she focused on respiratory pathogens, in particular vaccine development. She has received numerous awards for scientific management and leadership, including two DHHS Secretary Awards for Distinguished Service for her efforts on acellular pertussis vaccine and AIDS vaccine development. In 2010, Dr. Heilman received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston University College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and in 2011 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She currently serves as a consultant to NIH and is on the Wellcome Trust Vaccine Advisory Panel and the Board of the TB Vaccine Initiative (TBVI).

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