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Ground floor: TouroCOM-Harlem professor played role in Ebola research

Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD, reacts to new research findings on the Ebola vaccine she helped create.

Kathleen DiCaprio, PhD, was a graduate student when she worked on a team that initially created a vaccine for the Ebola virus at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Frederick, Maryland.

New research in The Lancet has found the vaccine to be successful in protecting people from contracting Ebola.

Although Dr. DiCaprio was not involved in the latest research on the vaccine, the assistant professor of microbiology at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, feels a sense of pride about the vaccine’s success and the fact that she assisted in the creation of a vaccine that may one day help people.

“I went into science and infectious disease to create exactly something like this,” Dr. DiCaprio told the Times Union.

Although she no longer conducts research, Dr. DiCaprio hopes to one day resume her work in infectious diseases research.

To learn more, read the study in The Lancet or the full story in the Times Union.

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