Carnegie Mellon University

Marciela DeGrace

Marciela DeGrace

Lecturer, Institute for Politics and Strategy


Dr. Marciela DeGrace is a Program Officer at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her work involves coordination and management of scientific research on influenza virus, specifically in the areas of viral surveillance, pandemic preparedness and vaccine development. Marciela joined the NIH in 2012 as a Presidential Management Fellow, where she performed work in science communication, management and policy implementation. During her fellowship, she also performed antiviral drug review on a rotational assignment to the Food and Drug Administration.

Marciela received her PhD in Virology from Harvard University. She received her BS in Biological Sciences and BA in Hispanic Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. 


DeGrace, M.M., Ghedin, E., Frieman, M.B. et al. Defining the risk of SARS-CoV-2 variants on immune protection. Nature 605, 640–652 (2022).