Dyann Wirth is Chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health. An international expert in tropical disease and molecular microbiology, Ms. Wirth directs the Harvard Malaria Initiative and is past President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She is also is a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Award in Molecular Parasitology. Ms. Wirth graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin, spent one year as a Fulbright Fellow, and then completed her Ph.D. in cell biology and virology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was awarded a Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship for her postdoctoral work in molecular biology at Harvard University, joined the faculty of Harvard School of Public Health in 1982 and was promoted to full professor in 1990.