Grace collaborated to form Pro-Cure Health Design in 2012, bringing a wealth of knowledge in establishing and maintaining relationships with science leaders. Now, as Pro-CureHD’s Chief Scientific Consultant, she is a force to be reckoned with in the area of ethical conduct of research, grant submission, studies, and publication, and brings a committed, rigorous, and compassionate attitude to all of her projects. She has close to 25 years of experience in research, grant development, publication, and teaching — traveling globally to mentor and to share developments in infectious diseases research. Her commitment to education and mentorship extends from students and trainees, to senior researchers looking to collaborate, to community-based organizations with a need to add an evidence base and evaluation to the services they provide. In addition, Grace has served and continues to serve on numerous NIH study sections, reviewing grant applications.
Grace earned her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, her MS from UPenn, and her MPH from George Washington University. She has been on the faculties of Brown Medical School, Tufts New England Medical School, and the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. She is currently the Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Research Area Director at the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, focusing on STI and HIV prevention within the DoD. She received her first grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while still a graduate student, focused on HIV, HBV and HCV among incarcerated populations within the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, and her first funded NIH grant (R01) focused on health disparities among injection drug users. Her primary role has always involved securing external funding from the NIH, foundations, state, and municipal agencies. She also has experience in the non-profit arena, having served as the Deputy Director for the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.