Ann Palmenberg, professor of biochemistry and molecular virology, is one of six faculty members recently appointed to Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation named professorships. The appointments include $75,000 in research support from WARF over five years.
Palmenberg examines the structure and biochemistry of viruses with RNA genomes — viruses such as influenza, polio, the “common cold” and many of the most deadly animal and human pathogens. She has dissected the genome sequences and molecular mechanisms by which these viruses cause disease, including an important first molecular description of the structure, immunogenicity and antiviral drug profiles of a new species of rhinoviruses with significant relevance to asthma research.
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