Francesca Chiara, PhD, MPH, MRes

Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship

Dr. Chiara is the director of the CIDRAP Antimicrobial Stewardship Project. Her primary focus is on antimicrobial resistance and promoting the effective translation of evidence-based science into sustainable public health interventions that can lead to policy change.

Before joining CIDRAP, she worked at the Wellcome Trust, where she developed the antimicrobial resistance strategy and successfully established an international think tank, the Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug Resistant Infections Consortium, aimed at strengthening antimicrobial resistance surveillance capacity in low- and middle-income countries. She has led a number of international partnership programs and multi-country research projects to strengthen health systems and improve understanding of the burden of drug resistance infections. In 2019, she launched the AMR Register to increase access to industry generated antimicrobial resistance surveillance data.

She earned a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London, a Master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a master’s research degree in pharmaceutical biotechnology from the University of Milan. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at King’s College London.

Francesca Chiara