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Dr. Robert Gramzinski Named as New Director of MHRP

May 3, 2018

Dr. Robert Gramzinski has been named as the new Director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), stepping into a role vacated by COL Nelson Michael, who is retiring from the U.S. Army.

Dr. Gramzinski has had a distinguished career serving at WRAIR and MHRP in several roles for the last 10 years, most recently as the HIV Vaccines Project Manager for the U.S. Army Medical and Materiel Development Activity, where he led a Program Management Office responsible for the conduct of late stage clinical trials for licensure of an efficacious HIV vaccine.

Dr. Gramzinski also served MHRP as Deputy Director of Research Operations, and in this capacity had operational oversight of MHRP activities in the United States, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Thailand. In that role he provided and coordinated research support and logistical activities for international MHRP operations, including good clinical laboratory practices, information technology, international project management, quality assurance, safety, regulatory compliance, U.S. Government acquisitions, human resource recruitment and development and research administration.

Prior to joining MHRP, Dr. Gramzinski spent five years as a program officer with the Vaccine Research Branch at the Division of AIDS within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Gramzinski also served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a Medical Service Corps Officer with duty stations in the malaria program at the Naval Medical Research Center in Maryland, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit-2 in Indonesia and the Bureau of Medical Research and Development in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gramzinski is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and holds a doctorate in Experimental Pathology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He has over 20 years of research experience in infectious diseases, including malaria and HIV, and over 15 years experience in management of international research operations and science program development.