Gates Foundation Grand Challenge Winners: Dr. Allison Ficht

The winners of the third round of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenge were announced yesterday. I don’t know how I missed that…but someone who is pretty well known in my little slice of biology, Dr. Allison Rice-Ficht, was one of the winners…


Here is the text released by the Gates Foundation:

Recreating a “Sticky Coating” Used by Parasitic Worms to Deliver Intranasal Vaccines

Allison Ficht of Texas A&M Health Science Center in the U.S. will recreate a protein used by parasitic worms to seal their egg cases and use it as a “sticky coating” for intranasal vaccines. If successful, this coating could protect the antigens during administration, affix them to the nasal passages and erode to slowly release the antigens for an enhanced immune response.

How cool is that? Contratulations Dr. Rice-Ficht!!


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