Quiana Ang: Mowafaghian Faculty Award
Quiana Ang is an incoming MSc student who will be officially starting in the fall with Ralph Pantophlet as her supervisor. She is happy to be part of FHS and hopes that her time here will be inspirational and fulfilling. She is excited to contribute to research in vaccine immunology and is thankful to be awarded the Mowafaghian Child Health Faculty Award to help her pursue her research goals.
Ang is currently working on a project based on Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV). HCMV is a significant cause of morbidity in transplant recipients and immunosuppressed individuals, as well as being the most common cause of congenital infection around the world. About 1 in 150 infants are infected with HCMV at birth, which can result in neurocognitive disabilities such as deafness and cognitive impairment. The Mowafaghian Child Health Faculty Award will help her accomplish current research that is aimed at informing and advancing HCMV vaccine design strategies. This project is expected to contribute significantly to the development of an effective vaccine to prevent congenital disease and HCMV infection in general.