Dr. Francesca Macchiarini is a program director and the chief of the Biological Resources Branch, Division of Aging Biology at the National Institute on Aging. She holds a M.S. in Molecular Biology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Immunology, both from the University of Maryland.
She has been a member of the NIH family for nearly forty years, starting with undergraduate & graduate internships and predoctoral & postdoctoral fellowships. A health scientist administrator since 2003, she joined the NIA in 2016 after thirteen years at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) where her portfolio covered broad scientific areas including pediatric and aging immunology; host immunity to pathogens in immune compromised populations such as the young, elderly, and pregnant women; animal models of organ transplantation; immune effects of radiation exposure; radiation biodosimetry; and radiation medical countermeasures product development.
Dr. Macchiarini currently directs the operations of the NIA aged animal resources and serves as the NIH scientific officer for NIA’s Intervention Testing Program while also wearing the hat of program officer for the Resilience Assays Development Program and Dog Aging Project.