Entrance to the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by: Daniel Mayer / CC BY-SA 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new chief is a well-known virologist who has spent decades researching HIV and other infectious diseases.

Robert Redfield, who was appointed late last month to the post, previously served in the United States military. He worked in the medical corps of the U.S. Army, and was the founding director of the Department of Retroviral Research of the military’s HIV research program.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.