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NCRR Names Grieder Associate Director

The National Center for Research Resources has appointed Dr. Franziska Grieder as associate director of comparative medicine. Since 2000, Grieder has managed the Division of Comparative Medicine's Laboratory Animal Sciences Program, where she created the Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Centers Program and supervised grants related to mammalian models, comparative and functional genomics, and training opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary students.

Dr. Franziska Grieder
Grieder will oversee the division's grantmaking — which exceeded $176 million in FY 2004 — to support the 8 national primate research centers and their field stations, primate breeding and resource-related projects, development of mammalian and nonmammalian animal model resources, pre- and post-doctoral training and a variety of research projects.

Since 1993, Grieder has been on the faculty and has conducted research at the medical school of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her areas of expertise include viral-induced neuroimmunology and neurodegeneration, emerging viral threats and the molecular genetics of Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) virus, which is on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of biowarfare agents.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Grieder grew up in Switzerland and received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Zurich. She earned her Ph.D. in viral pathogenesis at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and conducted postdoctoral research on the VEE virus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written numerous articles and book chapters for scientific publications, and her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Virology, Journal of Immunology and Nature Genetics.

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