Dr. Brett Giroir assumed leadership of Texas A&M Health Science Center in October 2013. The Texas A&M Health Science Center is a premier assembly of colleges devoted to educating health professionals and investigators through innovative teaching and research in dentistry, medicine, nursing, biomedical sciences, pharmacy and public health.
Prior to joining the Health Science Center, Dr. Giroir served as Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives for the Texas A&M University System and Principal Investigator for the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designed to enhance the nation’s emergency preparedness against emerging infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
Dr. Giroir received his undergraduate degree in Biology, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Alpha Omega Alpha. His post-doctoral training was conducted at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Dallas under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Beutler. Dr. Giroir remained on the faculty at UT Southwestern from 1993-2004, achieving a rank of tenured Professor. He held two endowed chairs, and served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, as well as the first Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. He has published extensively in both the basic and clinical literature, with special emphasis on host-pathogen interactions and novel therapies for life-threatening infectious diseases.
From 2004 until 2008, Dr Giroir accepted the opportunity to serve in the Federal Government as Deputy Director, then Director, of the Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Giroir directed a research portfolio of approximately $450 million annually that spanned from fundamental physics to biodefense.
Dr. Giroir is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Texas A&M University System Excellence in Innovation Award in 2010, and was a finalist for the 2012 Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year Award. He is a native of Marrero, Louisiana, is married to Jill S. Giroir, J.D., and has two daughters, Jacqueline (Texas A&M ’11) and Madeline (Texas A&M ’15).