The Sabin Vaccine Institute’s leadership team is comprised of a diverse group of global health, development and international relations experts.
Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Jon Andrus, M.D.
Brian Davis, CPA
Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.
Michelle K. Brooks
Ana Flavia Carvalho, MBA, M.P.H.
David Diemert, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C.)
Denise Garrett, M.D., M.Sc.
Mike McQuestion, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Chief Executive Officer
Amy Finan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Sabin Vaccine Institute on April 18, 2016.
Prior to joining Sabin, Ms. Finan served as senior vice president responsible for business development at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the world's largest membership organization representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions and state biotechnology centers.
During her 11-year tenure at BIO, Ms. Finan played a critical role in expanding the organization’s membership and revenue base and implementing innovative approaches to fundraising, branding, marketing and programming. In 2011 and simultaneous with her BIO responsibilities, she also served as president of the Biotechnology Institute, an organization founded by BIO in 1998 to promote life science education.
Prior to BIO, Ms. Finan led corporate communications and investor relations for the former clinical-stage biotechnology company EntreMed Inc. Between 1999 and 2001, she created and implemented the biotech initiative of Montgomery County, Maryland, which included economic development policies, incubator programs, legislative packages and communication plans. Ms. Finan began her biotechnology career as a government relations director for the National Association of Biomedical Research.
Ms. Finan studied at the London School of Economics & Political Science and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College in Washington, D.C.
President, Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and Dean of the First National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. He is the President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute.
Dr. Hotez is an internationally-recognized physician-scientist in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development. He leads the only product development partnership for developing new vaccines for hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease, and SARS/MERS, diseases affecting hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide. In 2006 at the Clinton Global Initiative he co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for hundreds of millions of people
He obtained his undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics from Yale University in 1980 (phi beta kappa), followed by a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Rockefeller University in 1986, and an M.D. from Weil Cornell Medical College in 1987.
Dr. Hotez has authored more than 350 original papers and is the author of the acclaimed Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases (ASM Press).
Dr. Hotez served previously as President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and he is founding Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine – IOM), and in 2011 he was awarded the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health by the Pan American Health Organization of the WHO.
In 2015 the White House and U.S. State Department selected Dr. Hotez as a United States Science Envoy.
Executive Vice President and Director of Vaccine Advocacy and Education
Dr. Jon Andrus joined the Sabin Vaccine Institute in October 2014 where he serves as Executive Vice President and Director of the Vaccine Advocacy and Education program.
Previously, Dr. Andrus served as Deputy Director at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), where he oversaw Departments of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief; Knowledge Management and Communication; External Relations, Partnerships, and Governing Bodies; Planning, Budget and Resource Coordination; and the work of the Ethics Office and Ombudsman. Prior to that, he was the Lead Technical Advisor for PAHO’s immunization program, providing oversight and guidance for PAHO’s technical cooperation to member countries.
Dr. Andrus holds faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He began his global health career as a Peace Corps volunteer, serving as a District Medical Officer in Malawi and has since held positions in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Global Immunization Division, as Head, Vaccinology and Immunization Program at the Institute for Global Health at the Universities of California at San Francisco and Berkeley, and as Director of the Global Health MPH Program at GWU.
In 2000, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award of the United States Public Health Service, for his leadership in working to eradicate polio in Southeast Asia. He has received numerous other awards for his leadership in the eradication of polio, measles, rubella, and congenital rubella syndrome, as well as the introduction of new vaccines in developing countries. Dr. Andrus holds a bachelor of science degree from Stanford University, obtained a medical degree from the University of California, Davis, and completed his residencies in family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and preventive medicine at the CDC. He has published more than 100 scientific peer-reviewed papers on topics covering disease eradication, the introduction of new vaccines and primary care.
Chief Operating Officer
Brian Davis has worked with the Sabin Vaccine Institute since 2005 and has served as their Chief Operating Officer since 2008. Prior to joining Sabin, Mr. Davis owned an established accounting practice in Washington, DC that served the non-profit sector in areas of life science, education, economic development and low-income housing. Mr. Davis holds CPA certificates in Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as a B.A. in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Michigan State University. Mr. Davis is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
Deputy Director, Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership and Director for Product Development, Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development
Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She also directs the Research and Administration of the new Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and leads the Product Development of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.
Dr. Bottazzi moved in the Fall of 2011 to BCM and Texas Children’s from The George Washington University, where she had served as Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Administration in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Bottazzi is an internationally-recognized scientist with more than 10 years experience in translational research and vaccine development for neglected tropical diseases. In addition, her major interest is the role of vaccines as control tools in international public health programs and initiatives.
She is a native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she obtained her degree in Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry in 1989, followed by her Ph.D. in Molecular Immunology and Experimental Pathology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, in 1995. Her post-doctoral training in Cellular Biology was completed during 1995-2001 at University of Miami and University of Pennsylvania. She became an assistant professor in 2001 after moving to the George Washington University.
Dr. Bottazzi is an Associate Editor for Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Disease Journal and is the author or co-author of more than 60 scientific and technical papers in molecular, cellular biology, immunoparasitology, and vaccine development and is the recipient of multiple extramural awards. Dr. Bottazzi was recently appointed as a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Carlos Slim Health Institute in Mexico.
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Policy Director, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Michelle Brooks is the Sabin Vaccine Institute's Policy Director for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. She advances the key advocacy messages and policy recommendations of the Global Network.
Ms. Brooks was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Congressional Relations at the U.S. Peace Corps. She also served as Vice President of Government Relations for the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Brooks graduated from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration concentrating in International Management.
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Director, International Association of Immunization Managers
Peter Carrasco joined the Sabin Vaccine Institute in 2012 as Director of the International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM) Secretariat.
From 1979 to 2010, Mr. Carrasco worked with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) immunization program. Starting in 1979 and continuing in 2003, Mr. Carrasco was stationed in Washington DC, after which he assumed the position of Policy Advisor- Vaccine Security in the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologics at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mr. Carrasco began his public health career working with WHO’s Smallpox Eradication Program. He worked in the Ethiopian Smallpox Eradication Program as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer from 1972 to 1974. Later he worked as a WHO advisor in the Bangladesh Smallpox Eradication Program in 1974 and in the Somalia Smallpox Eradication Program from 1977 to 1978. Mr. Carrasco was on the team that controlled the last known (non-laboratory) outbreak of smallpox in the world, which occurred in Somalia in October 1977.
Mr. Carrasco is an accomplished public health officer in the field of vaccine preventable diseases, He supported and led field operations for the eradication of polio and later measles elimination efforts in the Americas. He also managed the day to day operations of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Vaccine Revolving Fund for 24 years, which to this day continues to provide good quality vaccines at very affordable prices to PAHO Member States. He also led the WHO efforts in preparing countries in all WHO regions to deploy and vaccinate using the pandemic influenza vaccine A 2009H1N1 during the summer of 2009.
Mr. Carrasco received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from University of Illinois and a master’s degree in Public Health Administration from Michigan State University.
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Director, Special Projects
Ana Flavia Carvalho joined the Sabin Vaccine Institute in 2003, and she is currently the Director of Special Projects for Vaccine Advocacy. In this role she directs the international vaccine advocacy programs for new and under-utilized vaccines.
Before joining Sabin, Ms. Carvalho was the Co-founder and Manager of a construction company that built houses for low income families in the city of Campo Grande, Brazil. She also worked as the Senior Financial Analyst for Procter & Gamble in Brazil where she was primarily involved in business and project administration.
Ms. Carvalho received her bachelor’s degree in Office Automation Technology from the University of Technology in São Paulo, Brazil, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil and a master’s in Public Health degree from The George Washington University.
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Director, Clinical Trials, Sabin PDP, The George Washington University
Dr. David Diemert is director of clinical development for the Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP), which he joined in 2005. Dr. Diemert is also an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Dr. Diemert provides direct oversight for vaccine trials sponsored by Sabin in the United States, Gabon, and Brazil. He has served as the Principal Investigator on multiple clinical trials of hookworm and malaria vaccines, as well as on epidemiology and controlled infection studies. His work in Brazil has involved preparing a trial site in partnership with the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), which has included establishing a clinic in a rural area of Brazil, assembling and training a Brazilian clinical trials team, establishing quality laboratory facilities at the field site, and conducting preparatory studies of helminth epidemiology and immunology.
Prior to joining the Sabin PDP, Dr. Diemert worked for four years at the Malaria Vaccine Development Branch of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he was responsible for conducting clinical trials of novel malaria vaccines, both in the United States and in Mali, West Africa.
Dr. Diemert earned his medical degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and completed residency and fellowship training at McGill University in Montréal. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) with certification in the specialties of internal medicine, infectious diseases and medical microbiology. Additionally, he received training in clinical tropical medicine through the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Gorgas Course in Lima, Peru.
Director, Coalition against Typhoid
Denise Garrett, M.D., M.Sc., joined Sabin Vaccine Institute as Director of the Coalition against Typhoid Secretariat in August, 2015. Dr. Garrett received her medical training in Brazil with special focus on infectious diseases, including typhoid fever.
For the past 23 years, Denise worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she focused on international health and epidemiologic research. During her tenure with CDC, Dr. Garrett led several multicenter infectious disease studies in developing and developed countries. Denise brings extensive experience collaborating with international governments, multilateral agencies, universities, private sector, non-governmental, and global health organizations to expand infectious disease control and prevention, and outbreak response programs around the world.
Director, Resource Development
Tara Hayward is Director, Resource Development at the Sabin Vaccine Institute and oversees fundraising activities related to Sabin’s work to reduce vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases. Since 2010, she has led the development and implementation of Sabin’s annual fundraising plan to cultivate government, foundation, corporate, and high net-worth individual fundraising activities.
Prior to joining Sabin, Ms. Hayward served as the manager of development for the International Women's Media Foundation where she was responsible for creating and managing the infrastructure and operations of annual giving, foundation and corporate fundraising, and special events. Her prior experience also includes working with United Nations Population Fund in Bosnia and Herzegovina and serving in the Peace Corps in Romania.
She holds a master’s degree in International Development from the University of Denver in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University, where she majored in English Writing.
Kathryn McGrath is the Communications Director at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. She leads the communications for all of Sabin’s programs. Since working for the world’s first instant messenger and largest online community, ICQ, she has spent more than a decade helping non-profit organizations go digital.
Prior to joining Sabin, she worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York. She graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in English.
Director, Sustainable Immunization Financing
Mike McQuestion, Ph.D., M.P.H., joined Sabin’s Vaccine Advocacy and Education team in 2007 as Director of the Sustainable Immunization Financing program. Dr. McQuestion, who holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree in Public Health from Tulane University and a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Notre Dame, brings with him a wealth of experience in public health. In addition to his extensive teaching and research experience at the university level, he has been the Global Supervisor for the PolioPlus Program of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Technical Officer for PAHO's Diarrheal Diseases Control Program and a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps. Dr. McQuestion has traveled extensively, is fluent in Spanish and French and has lived in Colombia and the Philippines.
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