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Diane Griffin’s science education started early. The daughter of a geologist, Griffin learned about the world from every hike or drive she shared with her father. But in the end, it wasn’t rocks that won her heart—it was viruses. Griffin has spent her career studying how viruses make us sick, and how our bodies respond to them. Her work has shed light on how viruses impact the nervous system and the immune system, and on the surprising ways they can continue to affect health long after patients recover.
Diane Griffin is the Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and Chair in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2004.
Last Updated: 11-12-2012
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