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Deborah Birx

International Science and Engineering Fair – 1973

About Deborah Birx

Physician and public health expert Deborah Birx has dedicated her career to addressing global health challenges. As a specialist in HIV/AIDS immunology, Birx served as director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program and director of the CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS. President Obama nominated Birx to serve as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator in 2014, and Vice President Pence appointed her as Coronavirus Response Coordinator in February 2020. Birx honed her data-driven science skills at a young age, undertaking science projects with her brother in their parents’ backyard shed, and competing in ISEF in 1973 with a geology project.

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Birx in 1973 after winning first prize at her local science fair. She went on to showcase her project, “Paleobotany in Reference to the Carboniferous Period,” at ISEF.

Notable Alumni - Deborah Birx
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Birx coordinated the White House’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic under the Trump administration, and provided guidance to the American public amid the global health crisis.

Notable Alumni - Deborah Birx
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