Vanessa Elharrar


Vanessa Elharrar, MD, MPH

Executive Director, Regional Medical Officer, PPD Biotech

  • 14+ years in infectious disease clinical research and NIH leadership; joined PPD in 2016
  • Therapeutic expertise in vaccines and HIV prevention, treatment

Vanessa Elharrar, M.D., MPH, is an Executive Director within PPD Biotech. She has been focused exclusively on COVID-19 clinical development since the beginning of the pandemic. Dr. Elharrar joined PPD in 2016 with more than nine years of experience at the National Institutes of Health where she served as a medical officer, deputy branch chief and director of HIV therapeutics research at the Office of AIDS Research.  Dr. Elharrar holds a Bachelor of Science in physiology from McGill University, a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Preventive Medicine along with a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.