Hi Reddit! I'm Dr. Ellen Vitetta, biomedical scientist and professor of immunology. I design vaccines. AMA!
Hi Reddit, My name is Dr. Ellen Vitetta. I’m a biomedical scientist and professor of Immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. I’m a past president of the American Association of Immunologists, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and I was elected to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. I teach and mentor both medical and graduate students, and one of my former graduate students received the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2004. I’m very interested in women in science/medicine, the current state of federal science funding, and in novel ways of communicating the importance and excitement of research and science in general. In recent years I have been concerned with ethics in scientific endeavors and in reproducibly of scientific studies. My current work involves the targeted therapy of cancer and the development of vaccines (e.g. my lab developed the ricin vaccine and tested it in humans). I’d be happy to talk about women in science, scientific ethics, the importance of increasing federal funding for scientific research, immunology, and vaccines, but Ask Me Anything!
SIGNING OFF;12:15AM APRIL 15, 2014. PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT SCIENCE AND DON'T FORGET TO COMPLY WITH THE VACCINE GUIDELINES. BYE ALL!