News Release

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dr. Franziska B. Grieder appointed as Director of the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs at NIH

The National Institutes of Health announced today the appointment of Franziska B. Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D., as director of the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives. Dr. Grieder’s appointment was effective Jan. 13, 2013.

Dr. Grieder has been serving as ORIP Acting Director since July 2012. Prior to her tenure as acting director, Dr. Grieder served as the director of the Division of Comparative Medicine for eight years at the former NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).

“ORIP supports the development of and access to enabling resources for biomedical research, as well as the improvement of life science literacy through innovative education programs. These unique efforts are integral to the NIH mission.” said NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D. “Dr. Grieder brings an outstanding and unique combination of scientific knowledge and extramural management expertise to the position. I look forward to continue working with her in advancing ORIP's important work.”

Prior to joining NCRR, Dr. Grieder was a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Molecular/Cell Biology and Neuroscience in the School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University (USU). She continues to serve as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Pathology and Program of Neuroscience at USU. At USU, Dr. Grieder's research focused on viral pathogenesis using mouse models to investigate neuroimmune mechanisms.

Dr. Grieder earned a D.V.M. degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zurich, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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