September 19, 2006

Karla A. Kirkegaard, PhD (Damon Runyon Fellow '83-'85), Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, has been selected to receive the Pioneer Award by the Director of the National Institutes of Health.  The award supports exceptionally creative scientists who take innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical research.  Dr. Kirkegaard will use the $2.5 million, 5-year award to further her work identifying and validating targets for antiviral drugs to fight drug-resistant variants of dengue, West Nile, hepatitis C, and polio viruses.

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