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Her research focuses on understanding the action of lethal viruses such as Ebola and Marburg. Notably, she and her team defined the structural features needed for antibody recognition to neutralize the viruses and to prevent epidemic spread of deadly infections caused by these and related viruses. This information was recognized internationally during the recent outbreak of Ebola infection in western Africa. Erica now serves as Director of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutic Consortium and is Co-director of a Center of Excellence in the Global Virus Network. She has traveled to collaborate with public health specialists in African nations where there are frequent outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg, and has seen first-hand the challenges of developing African nations. Erica is an energetic and passionate scientist who excelled from the beginning of her research career. She received a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering at the White House, and since then has received numerous awards from scientific societies. She is a ‘great science communicator’ and was interviewed by national news networks about the threat of world-wide pandemic during the west Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014. She brings an outstanding set of knowledge and skills to Quench and Connect, as well as a life-long interest in clean water that she says she learned from her father, who was a ‘grassroots environmental advocate’ for clean water.
Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D. Director
Erica Saphire is Professor of Immunology and Microbial Science at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla CA.