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Dr. Spencer is honored for her research on HCMV, human cytomegalovirus, which can cause serious illnesses for those with compromised immune systems. Dr. Spencer's particular focus on how HCMV affects communication networks in the immune system. This research has assisted Dr. Spencer in securing large grants from the National Institutes of Health, and speaking invitations at major conferences like the World Congress of Virology.
Dr. Spencer's innovative and successful exploratory method to understanding how HCMV can control the host immune system is a critical foundation to advancing the development of vaccine strategies and anti-viral drugs.