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Burnet virologist awarded the ASM's 2012 Frank Fenner Award

Tracy Parish

17 September, 2012

Associate Professor Gilda Tachedjian (Image by Adam Johnson)

Burnet’s Associate Professor Gilda Tachedjian has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Frank Fenner Award by the Australian Society for Microbiology.

The award recognises distinguished contributions in any area of Australian research in microbiology by scientists in a formative stage of their career.

Associate Professor Tachedjian who leads a large team of researchers in the Tachedjian Laboratory (Retroviral Biology and Antivirals)at Burnet said she was thrilled to awarded the honour from the ASM.

“I am honoured to be the 2012 recipient of the Australian Society for Microbiology Frank Fenner Award named after an eminent scientist who was instrumental in the eradication of smallpox, a remarkable achievement,” she said.

“Like smallpox, there is a concerted effort to eradicate HIV, which currently affects an estimated 33 million individuals worldwide.

“It is pleasing that the contributions made by my laboratory in the last 15 years in understanding how HIV reproduces in target cells, how this virus becomes resistant to drugs used in the clinic, and more recently, studies on Microbicides that can be used by women to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections have been recognised by the ASM.

“I would like to sincerely thank my laboratory members both past and present and my collaborators for their amazing contributions, and the ASM for making this award possible. I look forward to delivering the Fenner Lecture at the Australia Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting in July 2013.”

Associate Professor Tachedjian is widely recognised both nationally and internationally for the quality and high impact of her group’s work.

Find out more about the fascinating work underway in the Tachedjian Laboratory.

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For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Gilda Tachedjian

Head of Life Sciences; Head of Tachedjian Laboratory (Retroviral Biology and Antivirals)

Telephone

+61392822256

Email

gilda.tachedjian@burnet.edu.au

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