WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Research scientist Rong Xu has dedicated her career to finding cures for some of the world's most dangerous viruses including HIV, HCV, Malaria and Ebola.
That work eventually led her to Profectus BioSciences Inc. in Tarrytown, where she leads a team that designs experiments and uncovers some of the biggest issues facing the anti-bacterial and anti-virus world.
"Clinical support has been a major contribution in prevention of infectious diseases like HIV, HCV and most recently Ebola, which is the newest vaccine in a clinical trial," said Xu.
An immigrant from China, Xu began her medical journey at Beijing Medical University, earning her master's in oncology and then receiving her doctorate from Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Finally, Xu's work took her to the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Washington.
"Working at the university in Dr. Michael Bevan’s lab, who is one of the most famous immunologists in the world, was a major learning curve in my career," said Xu.
Xu's studies jumpstarted her interest in anti-viral and anti-bacterial vaccine. Today she routinely works on designing experiments, writing study protocols and performing sample tests in order to study viruses which are major medical concerns around the globe.
For her work, Xu will be awarded the Women In Tech Award by the Westchester County Association. The Women In Tech Award celebrates the leadership, creativity and innovation of women in science or technology.
"It's encouraging to work with such great people, especially the women who have done great work and have contributed so much to the modern world," said Xu. "It really is encouraging for all of us, especially for young ladies growing up with so many wonderful role models to look to."
Xu and other Women In Tech Award winners will be honored on Oct. 20 at the Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown. For more information visit Westchester County Association's website.