Dr. Fast received her MD at Michigan State University, isboard certifiedin pediatrics (University of Michigan), and also holds a PhD in immunology from theUniversity of Californiaat Los Angeles (UCLA). She has worked for over 20 years on the clinical development of vaccines. She joined the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) from the biotechnology company Aviron, where she oversaw studies of vaccines against influenza and cytomegalovirus.

Before joining IAVI, Dr. Fast led clinical research on HIV vaccines while serving as associate director for vaccines and prevention at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Division of AIDS. Dr. Fast also serves as the Chair for the Vaccine Advisory Committee of Aeras, currently serves on the UNAIDS/WHO Vaccine Advisory Committee,and is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stanford University School of Medicine.