NIAID names John R. Mascola, M.D. director of the Vaccine Research Center (VRC)

    NIAID named John R. Mascola, M.D. as the new director of the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) where “he will lead a comprehensive research program aimed at the design, development and testing of candidate vaccines against HIV/AIDS, influenza and other globally important infectious diseases.” He will also serve as chief of the VRC virology laboratory. NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. commented, “John Mascola is a visionary leader who brings a wealth of talents as a basic scientist, clinician, clinical trialist and administrator to the helm of the Vaccine Research Center. In particular, his exemplary work on elucidating the protective role of antibodies against HIV has greatly influenced current vaccine design efforts.  I am confident that Dr. Mascola will continue and even accelerate our momentum toward the development of novel, effective vaccines against infectious diseases.”