Alexis Katsis

Program Officer -Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases (EDD), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Alexis Boyd is an immunologist with almost ten years of graduate training and experience in global health working with the federal government and non-governmental organizations. Alexis obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology as well as a MS in Public Health Microbiology from the George Washington University.
Alexis joined the Foundation in November, 2014 as a Program Officer in the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases (EDD) team where she supports the effort to develop a strategy on interventions for Cryptosporidium and manages a portfolio of grants examining the burden of diarrheal diseases and its role in childhood stunting.
Alexis comes to the Foundation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where she assisted in developing tools and processes to better communicate the FDA’s benefit-risk assessments to outside stakeholders. Prior to the FDA, Alexis spent 5 years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) performing her graduate and post-graduate research in the innate immune response to filarial parasites. She spent two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Emerging Infectious Disease fellow, working to understand the effect of mass drug administration on transmission of the causative agents of lymphatic filariasis. Alexis is also an active member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene where she focuses on engaging students, young professionals and mentors in hopes of creating strong mentoring relationships.