Andrew Ward, associate professor in the Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has been awarded the 2017 Viruses Young Investigator in Virology Prize by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI).
“This is quite an honor, considering the number of stellar young virologists out there,” said Ward. “I am grateful to our many collaborators worldwide that have contributed to our research.”
Ward’s research combines electron microscopy and x-ray crystallography with biophysical approaches and computational analyses to shed light on the structure of viral membrane proteins. This work has led to significant advances in the understanding of the structure and function of the HIV-1, Ebola virus and coronavirus glycoproteins, giving researchers new insights into mechanisms of antibody-mediated neutralization. In addition to the cash prize and commemorative plaque, Ward also receives the honor of being invited to present his work at the “Viruses 2018: Breakthroughs in Viral Replication” conference, held February 7 to 9, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain.
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