Lara Bethke, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Lara Bethke holds a PhD in Biological Sciences in Public Health from Harvard where she investigated mechanisms underlying genetic diversity in malaria parasites. She brings extensive experience in scientific research, philanthropy and strategic leadership, having served in various positions with prestigious organizations including the Klarman Family Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the UK’s Institute of Cancer Research.  As HRiA’s CSO, Lara collaborates with HRiA leadership and grantmaking staff to provide scientific oversight of the grant programs.