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Siobain Duffy awarded virology society's Junior Investigator Prize

The two award winners Siobain Duffy (left) and Stacey Horner (right) pictured with the namesake of the award
Ann Palmenberg

At the 37th annual meeting of the American Society for Virology in Madison, Wisconsin, June 2017, DEENR associate professor Siobain Duffy and

Siobain Duffy receiving the Junior Investigator Prize

Siobain Duffy and Rebecca Dutch, who, at the time, was the president of the American Society for Virology.

Duke assistant professor Stacey Horner were jointly awarded the Ann Palmenberg Junior Investigator Award. These awards recognize investigators within 10 years of their PhD who have made significant contributions to the field of virology and who display exceptional promise. As part of the award, Siobain gave a 15 minute plenary presentation on the evolution of single-stranded DNA viruses, including pathogens that limit crop production throughout the tropics and subtropics. The Duffy lab's work on these pathogens has found that they evolve just as quickly as emerging RNA viruses, but has revealed potential to control outbreaks of these viruses in crops and contribute to global food security.

August 2017