Dr. Kristen Pierce Receives UVM Early Achievement Award
Kristen Pierce, MD ’02, has been awarded the prestigious Early Achievement Award by the Larner College of Medicine’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations. This award is presented to an alumnus of UVM who has graduated within the past 15 years in recognition of their outstanding community or College service, scientific, or academic achievement. Dr. Pierce, an Associate Professor who specializes in Infectious Diseases, is a Principal Investigator at the Vaccine Testing Center where she has led trials and research on dengue, zika and other globally infectious diseases. We’d like to congratulate Dr. Pierce on this achievement!
VTC Faculty Awarded Inaugural Joint Research Grant
UVM Vaccine Testing Center immunologist Sean Diehl, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine; Donna Rizzo, Ph.D., professor of engineering; Sam Scarpino, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics and statistics; and John Hanley, Ph.D., a postdoctoral associate in engineering, have been awarded the inaugural UVM Biomedical Engineering Program Pilot Research Program grant funded jointly by the Larner College of Medicine and the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Their project “Integrating omics and clinical data to study dengue infection” centers around developing a web-based predictive modeling approach to utilize genome wide transcriptome data to model the clinical response to dengue virus infection. Dengue is an urgent global threat across 40% of the world’s population with 390 million annual infections, annual losses of billions of dollars and enormous strains on the medical systems of affected nations. The goal of this joint research is to develop a meaningful model by which new biomarkers can be used to ascertain clinical responses to dengue infections. Learn more.