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Women & Science Virtual Event: Tropical Medicine Catalyzing Equity in the Vaccine Sciences

Special Event
Thursday, Apr. 27, 2023 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi is the distinguished speaker for The Wistar Institute Women & Science Program on April 27, 2023 at 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Dr. Bottazzi is Associate Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Virology & Microbiology, Division Chief of Pediatric Tropical Medicine, and Co-director of Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as well as a Distinguished Professor in Biology at Baylor University in Waco. She is an internationally recognized tropical and emerging disease vaccinologist, global health advocate, and cocreator of a patent-free, open science COVID-19 vaccine technology that led to the development of Corbevax in India and IndoVac in Indonesia – COVID-19 vaccines suitable for global access. 

A global thought-leader, Dr. Bottazzi received national and international awards, has more than 200 scientific papers, and participated in more than 250 conferences worldwide. She is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Honduras and an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine of the National Academy of Medicine in the U.S. Dr. Bottazzi is a Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) at the Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement, and a Sr. Fellow of the American Leadership Forum (ALF). In 2022, alongside physician-scientist Peter Hotez, she was nominated by Texas Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Previous Honors & Awards

  • 2022 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee 
  • Past recipient of the Carlos Slim Foundation Health Award for Lifetime Achievement in Research, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC’s) 2022 National Service Award  
  • Fast Company’s 2022 Most Creative People in Business
  • 2022 Forbes Latin American’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Central America”
  • 2022 Great Immigrant, Great American Honoree of the Carnegie Corporation of New York

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