Congratulations to Evi Struble, PhD, recipient of the 2017 F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award!
The F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award recognizes an early career scientist who has established a successful independent research career. The Award recipient is selected from a pool of candidates nominated by members of the Teratology Society and is invited to give a presentation at the Teratology Society Annual Meeting. Dr. Struble’s presentation, “Antibody Therapeutics: Structure, Function, and Placental Transfer” will take place on Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 pm at the Teratology Society's 57th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. It will focus on the dire consequences infectious diseases, such as CMV, HBV, and Zika, can have on both maternal and fetal health when contracted during pregnancy.
Dr. Struble joined the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research/U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2007 as a reviewer/researcher, where her regulatory responsibilities included review of nonclinical packages for regulatory applications of protein therapeutics, including during pregnancy. While a research scientist, Dr. Struble’s focused on investigating appropriate animal models for assessing safety and efficacy of antibody drugs during pregnancy. Her present and future experimental plans include, among other things, using a guinea pig as a model of viral diseases during pregnancy to assess antibody therapeutics for Zika and CMV. Dr. Struble received a PhD in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Dr. Struble is honored to be recognized by the Teratology Society with this award, yet quickly adds that she “feels inspired to follow in the footsteps of Fraser awardees” that came before her. Given the explosion of recent technologies in genome editing, high resolution imaging and more, Dr. Struble believes finding creative and innovative ways to use these technologies in addressing relevant questions related to fetal growth and development would not only be highly impactful, but would also “be the basis for a fulfilling career for new scientists seeking to make a difference.”
Read more about the 2017 Teratology Society awards and special lectures taking place June 24-28 in Denver.