KU chemistry professor gets $1.38 million grant to study HIV vaccines

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A $1.38 million grant to a Kansas University chemistry professor will go toward research into the development of HIV vaccines, the university announced this week.

Heather Desaire, a professor of chemistry at KU, received the grant from the National Institutes of Health.

A research group led by Desaire, along with researchers at the Duke University Medical Center and Harvard Medical Center, will examine post-translational modifications — changes made to the proteins that make up a vaccine — in possible HIV vaccines, which could help developers determine which possible vaccines are most effective, according to a KU release.

Since coming to KU’s chemistry department in 2002, Desaire has won a William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

Tagged: HIV, NIH, Kansas University

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