Diana Finzi

Dr. Diana Finzi is the Director of the Basic Sciences Program (BSP) in the Division of AIDS (DAIDS), National Institutes of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Dr. Finzi oversees a global HIV/AIDS research portfolio and is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and evaluating research projects in the areas of HIV epidemiology, basic science, pathogenesis, targeted interventions, and cure.  Under her leadership, the BSP has greatly expanded research programs towards HIV cure including work on understanding how and where HIV persists, and how the virus can be safely and effectively eliminated or controlled in people.  Dr. Finzi earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in Dr. Robert Siliciano’s laboratory where she contributed to the discovery that HIV establishes latency and persists in CD4 cells of treated patients.  She also holds a M.P.H. from Yale University where she studied murine immune responses to Coronaviruses.