Hannah Hatch (’19) was recently awarded the Nicole J. Ferland Award by the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department (MMG) for her project, “Development of an assay to detect enhancement of flavivirus infection by non-neutralizing antibodies.” Hannah, a Vermont native, is a Junior majoring in Microbiology. She has been working with flavivirus researchers, including Dr. Sean Diehl, in the VTC labs since January 2017 and developed her award-winning project through that intensive research experience. Her project, which is focused on developing an assay that would detect the potential for antibody dependent enhancement, could lead to improved safety in vaccine trials and ultimately, an improved dengue vaccine. Hannah plans to go on to graduate school to further her research interests. Congratulations Hannah!
Dr. Kirkpatrick Appointed Chair of Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Beth D. Kirkpatrick, M.D., Director of the Vaccine Testing Center and Professor in Infectious Diseases, has been appointed as Chair of the UVM Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) at the Larner College of Medicine and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Learn more here.