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RML Scientists Win Salzman Award in Virology

Dr. Sonja M. Best, a Fogarty visiting fellow at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont., recently received the fourth annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Award in Virology. Best's mentor, Dr. Marshall E. Bloom, associate director of RML, also received the Salzman award in recognition of their collaborative research on Aleutian mink disease.

The Salzman award and presentation is a part of the Norman P. Salzman Symposium in Virology organized by the NIH virology interest group and administered by the Foundation for the NIH. The group, composed of researchers from NIH, the Food and Drug Administration, Rockefeller University, Rutgers University and Vanderbilt University, selects the award recipients.

NIAID's Dr. Sonja M. Best accepts the fourth annual Norman P. Salzman Memorial Award in Virology from Dr. Alonzo Garcia of the FDA. Last year as a postdoctoral fellow with NIAID, Garcia received the award.

The two scientists were cited for their research entitled, "Replication of Aleutian mink disease parvovirus requires caspase-mediated cleavage of the nonstructural protein, NS1."

Best has been conducting research at RML since 1999. A native of Australia, she received her bachelor of science degree in zoology with honors from the University of Adelaide, and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Australian National University. Her graduate work focused on the pathogenesis of myxoma virus in genetically susceptible and resistant populations of European rabbits.

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