- Division of Physiological and Pathological Sciences – DPPS
- Review Branch:
- Disease Control and Applied Immunology – DCAI
Dr. Daya Jirage received her Ph.D in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Maryland. She performed post-doctoral research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in the area of infectious diseases. Dr. Jirage’s research included work on cell cycle regulation in Plasmodium and on process development of Shigella subunit vaccines. Following research at the lab bench, Dr. Jirage transitioned to research administration at the Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, Medical Research and Development Command as Portfolio Manager of the vaccines for bacterial diarrhea effort. In this role, she administered project awards, tracked project progress, deliverables, timelines and effectively liaised between Department of Defense investigators and program leadership. She then transitioned to the role of Program Manager as a Department of Army civilian where she provided leadership and guidance to the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of translational research in two areas-combat wound infections and emerging infectious diseases.