Dr. Carmelle Norice-Tra is a Clinical Director of Infectious Diseases at Merck Research Laboratories. Prior to her appointment at Merck, she served as a Medical Officer of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIH). Carmelle volunteers at Community of Hope in Washington, D.C., where she provides infectious diseases specialty care to underserved patients. Carmelle earned a BS degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology cum laude with college and departmental honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. She obtained a dual MD-PhD degree in Medicine and Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies at Columbia University in New York City. She completed internship and residency training in internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a clinical fellowship in infectious diseases and postdoctoral research at NIAID, NIH. Carmelle co-leads the prison and re-entry ministry at National Community Church in Washington, D.C., and serves on the Board of The Frederick Douglass Project for Justice.