Rebecca Rudicell '05

Major: Biology and Chemistry
Current: Post-Doctoral Fellow at Vaccine Research Center at the NIH

Rudicell, a graduate student in the microbiology department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, works in the lab of Beatrice Hahn, M.D., one of the pioneers of HIV research. She is funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) program called Med into Grad, which encourages graduate students to work in areas that will have clinical impact.

Rudicell has spent the past three years studying simian immunodeficiency virus in chimpanzees SIVcpz from chimp feces collected off the forest floor in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. Not surprisingly, the research by Rudicell and colleagues is receiving widespread attention. She is one of the co-authors of a journal article presenting the finding in Nature, the highly respected international weekly journal of science.

“I’m very grateful for the education I received at WWC,” Rudicell wrote in the email. And, she noted, “I think fondly of the chemistry lounge and the friendly environment.”