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Acting Director's Biography

Diana Finzi, Ph.D.

Diana Finzi, Ph.D. 
Acting Associate Director for AIDS Research
Acting Director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research

Diana Finzi, Ph.D., is serving as the NIH Acting Associate Director of AIDS Research and Acting Director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) while a nationwide search for a new director is conducted. In this role, Dr. Finzi leads OAR in coordinating the NIH HIV research program to end the HIV pandemic and improve the health of people with HIV.

Dr. Finzi joins OAR from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where she serves as Director of the Basic Sciences Program (BSP) in the Division of AIDS. In this role, Dr. Finzi oversees an extensive global HIV/AIDS research portfolio with grants and contracts in structural biology, basic science, pathogenesis, targeted interventions, cure, and epidemiology. Dr. Finzi is known for her contributions in identifying the role of latency in the persistence of HIV in treated individuals. Over the past decade, her program has focused on expanding funding of research toward HIV cure. The BSP also has played a leading role in guiding NIH research toward the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative, a 10-year plan to reduce new HIV infections in the United States.

Dr. Finzi earned a Ph.D. in immunology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an M.P.H. from the Yale School of Public Health.

This page last reviewed on December 18, 2023