Michael Gottlieb Memorial Award
We are honored to be able to support student scholarships through the Dr. Michael Gottlieb Memorial Fund. This fund was established to honor Dr. Gottlieb's legacy and contribution to the field of parasitology. Michael's career began by looking through the narrow lens of his microscope as a bench researcher. Eventually however, he learned to widen his lens and view infectious diseases from the macro level. Through his intense commitment to mentorship and teamwork, Dr. Gottlieb connected scientists and enabled them to work together to develop programs to combat some of the most devastating diseases that affect humans, especially in countries with limited resources. It is our hope that the personal relationships created during this MeBoP experience will continue Dr. Gottlieb's legacy and collaborative spirit.
About Dr. Michael Gottlieb
Michael received his PhD in Biology from the City University of New York and conducted post-doctoral research in the Bacterial Physiology Unit of the Harvard Medical School and in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at NIAID, NIH. In 1978, he joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health where his research efforts focused on the biochemistry and cell biology of pathogenic trypanosomatid protozoa. He was a member of the NIH Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Study Section from 1988 to 1991. Having risen from Assistant to Associate Professor at Hopkins, he returned to NIAID in 1991 as program officer in the Parasitology and International Programs Branch, DMID, and became Chief of the Branch in 2001. Within NIAID, he managed the grant portfolio on parasite biology. Ever mindful of the need for genuine dialog between laboratory-based and field research in global health, he also coordinated NIAID’s International Centers for Tropical Disease Research network and represented the Institute in its support of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria. He was responsible for initiating and developing the Institute’s pathogen genomics research program for which he received the Department of Health and Human Service Secretary’s award. He also played a substantial role in creating an enabling environment and forward-looking translational research program to capitalize on findings in biochemistry, genetics and genomics to accelerate development of molecular diagnostics and novel therapeutic interventions for parasitic diseases.
After retiring from NIAID, Dr. Gottlieb joined the Foundation for NIH as Associate Director for Science. There he was responsible for an array of global health research programs in the areas of vector control, maternal and child health, and drug discovery until his retirement in 2018.