Employee Spotlights


Mihret Amare

Title: Associate Director
Organization: Emerging Infectious Disease Branch 

Years with HJF:  16 Years


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In collaboration with the Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, HJF is currently assisting with the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Mihret Amare oversees all of the HJF efforts.  

“I manage proposals, budgets, contracts, timelines and staffing to support the development of countermeasures for COVID-19 with a particular focus on the development of a safe and effective vaccine,” Amare said. 

  In her role as Associate Director of Programs and Operations, Amare ensures that the vaccine development process advances as quickly as possible.  

“The WRAIR team recently selected a lead candidate called the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle (SpFN), which is one of many vaccines currently in development,” she explained. 

 Amare also leads an international portfolio of activities—the Joint West Africa Research Group and the Partnership for Research in the Middle East—now focused on COVID-19.  

“We are leveraging these programs toward COVID-19 prevention and testing,” she said.  




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