Marcus Gallo, MS
Marcus Gallo is a Research Associate. He is responsible for a range of activities, including work on a GVN-wide project database, business development, and development of an informational tool to merge economic and public health data. Prior to joining GVN, Marcus was an associate at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine where he served an analyst and program manager in the Jacques Initiative and other clinical research activities. Marcus has an MS in healthcare administration, and has lived and worked abroad, including in one of the GVN countries – Argentina. Marcus played a key role early on in the formation of the GVN through analytic work which led to identification of many of the GVN Centers of Excellence.
Director of Public Relations: Nora is responsible for a number of functions for the Global Virus Network (GVN), including public relations, news media relations and messaging development. She plans programs, communications, and events, and generates knowledge and support of the GVN and its Centers of Excellence, furthering GVN’s mission. Nora also serves as Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she oversees the Institute’s public relations and public affairs functions, and serves as a special advisor to Dr. Robert Gallo. Nora began her career on Capitol Hill for then U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and moved into the private sector working for top public relations firms including Hill & Knowlton and Burson Marsteller. During her time in the private sector, Nora developed lobbying strategies, identified and worked with key Members of Congress, the Administration and media on behalf of clients regarding various legislative issues such as science, technology, trade, commerce, tax, energy, environment and financial services. Her clients included Hewlett-Packard, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Exxon, Mobil, Fannie Mae Foundation, MCI, Government of the Cayman Islands, Government of Botswana, Government of Ontario, and the National Association of Software and Service Companies in India.
Florence Haseltine, PhD, MD
IT Consultant Florence Haseltine, PhD, MD, has taken her interest in social networking from a hobby to a full time activity, creating medical APPs and dynamic Websites. Trained in Physics at UC Berkeley where she obtained her BA, she then went obtained a PhD in Biophysics at MIT, followed by Medical School at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecology, specializing in Reproductive Medicine. She then rose to Associate Professor of OB/GYN and Pediatrics and Yale University School of Medicine. She then went on to be the Director of the Center for Population Research at the NIH, retiring in 2012 to be an NIH Emerita Scientist. An advocate for Women’s Health, she founded the Society for Women’s Health Research in 1990, and was recognized for her work by election to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. She has IT patents and has created award winning APPs for smart devices and now serves as an IT Consultant for the Global Virus Network.
Natalia Mercer, PhD
Program Director. Natalia Mercer, PhD, a biochemist by training, was GVN’s first Science & Technology Policy Fellow. She obtained her PhD in 2006 from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. As a postdoctoral Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health) in Frederick, Maryland and at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, Natalia has worked as a basic science researcher in diverse fields involving immunology, cancer, and host-pathogen interactions through the lens of glycobiology. Natalia also completed an assignment at the NCI Center for Cancer Training in 2013, where she learned methods for grant portfolio analysis. At GVN, Natalia is responsible for conference and training programs, establishing the GVN network of trainees, and Congressional liaison efforts.
Tel: 410 706-1966
Edward McSweegan, PhD
Program Director: Edward McSweegan, Ph.D., is a microbiologist worked for many years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda. He graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in biology in 1978. He has an M.S. in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Rhode Island. He was an NRC research associate from 1984 to 1986 and did postdoctoral research at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. McSweegan served as an AAAS diplomacy fellow in the U.S. State Department from 1986 to 1988 where he helped to negotiate science and technology agreements with Poland, Hungary, and the former Soviet Union. After moving to the National Institutes of Health, he continued to work on international health and infectious disease projects in Egypt, Israel, Russia, and managed NIAID’s bilateral program with India, the Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program. In 2009, he worked on PEPFAR programs in Swaziland, Africa as part of the CDC’s International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) Program. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats, AAAS, the American Society for Microbiology, and the National Association of Science Writers.