More about Navid Madani

Senior Scientist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Madani is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Cancer Immunology and Virology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with appointments at Harvard Medical School in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunobiology, and Global Health and Social Medicine. She studies the mechanisms of HIV-1 entry with the goal of developing a preventive modality to combat HIV transmission. She has been granted numerous independent awards, including an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. She combines her research and public health expertise during frequent travels to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Dr. Madani is the founding director of the SHE Center at DFCI. The center was born out of her work in MENA. Her successes were the result of obtaining support from disparate stakeholders that include academia, industry, governments, public foundations, and international NGOs. She has received 2 OFAC licenses to conduct her work in sanctioned countries and garnered political support from a broad variety of agencies including the NIH, OAR, AAAS, the Moroccan Ministry of Health, and UNAIDS. Despite the inherent challenges of conservative settings and geo-political tensions, she successfully engages across international boundaries to partner on scientific and health-related agendas. A recent cancer survivor, she understands the need for enhancing the public health infrastructure in the MENA region. She is the proud mother of two spirited boys.