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ISAR Chu Family Foundation Scholarships for Early Career Women in Science

2017 Awardees


Angela Corona
Angela obtained her degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of Cagliari in 2010 and acquired her PhD in “Human and Environmental Biology and Biochemistry School” in 2014.  She is a post-doc fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Virology of the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Cagliari.

Makda Gebre
Makda is currently finishing her Master’s degree at the Institute for Antiviral Research at Utah State University.  She enjoys the field of Virology and is currently working on a project that investigates differences between Chikungunya strains in disease manifestation and response to antiviral treatment.

Naphak Modhiran
Naphak is currently working as a post-doc at UQ in School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience.  She received her BSc (Biology) and MSc (Microbiology) from Mahidol University, Thailand.  She was awarded her PhD in January 2017 at UQ, focusing on dengue viral protein and its implications in pathogenesis.

Verónica Quintana 
Verónica was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She studied Chemistry at Buenos Aires University.  As an undergraduate student, she started working ad honorem at the Virology Laboratory on antiviral research.  She is currently performing her PhD thesis focused on dengue antiviral development with a fellowship of the National Research Council.

Jessica von Recum
Jessica received her PhD in virology from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, in 2014.  Afterwards, she moved to San Diego to study host-directed antivirals against influenza viruses in an ex vivo human lung tissue model.  She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at UCSD but will move back to Germany soon to continue her research at Philipps-Universität Marburg.

May Wang
May graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Biochemistry.   Currently she is pursuing her PhD degree in the Harvard Virology program in the lab of Dr James Cunningham, developing and studying the mechanisms of action of small molecule inhibitors of Lassa virus and Ebola virus entry.

Linlin Zhang
Linlin was born in 1986 in Heze, Shandong province, Eastern China.  After school, she studied pharmaceutical engineering at the Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST).  After obtaining her BSc degree, she moved on to the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) and Fudan University, both in Shanghai, where she was awarded an MSc degree (from ECUST).  Her specialization was protein refolding.   Because of this expertise, Prof.  Rolf Hilgenfeld hired her in 2012 to work under him at the University of Lübeck, Germany.  In her work towards PhD, she investigated the binding of antiviral compounds to proteases of emerging viruses (corona-, entero- and flaviviruses) by X-ray crystallography.  Following her PhD, she continues to work in the same department as a postdoc.

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