Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D. is a Professor of Immunology and Microbial Science at The Scripps Research Institute. Her research uses structural biology to understand and defeat viral pathogens. Her team has explained how filoviruses drive themselves into cells, how they suppress immune function, where antibodies can defeat them, as well as the structure of the entire human antibody itself. A recent discovery expanded the central dogma of molecular biology by proving that certain viral proteins actually rearrange into different structures at different times for different functions. Her work has been recognized with a PECASE, by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, by young investigator awards from ASBMB and ASM, and by the Surhain Sidhu award for the most outstanding contribution to the field of diffraction by a person within five years of the Ph.D. She is a Fellow of AAM and AAAS, serves on the Scientific Leadership Board of the Global Virus Network and is the director of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutic Consortium. This organization, the VIC, united the field into a single force to understand and provide antibody therapeutics against Ebola, Marburg, Lassa and other viruses.
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