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Training and Education

Training and educating is a core pillar of the Global Virus Network's mission. In particular, there is a shortage of virologists in basic, clinical and translational research, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. To better prepare the next generation for future global viral threats, senior virologists—members of the Global Virus Network—are committed to sharing their invaluable expertise with junior virologists through mentorship and intensive training.

Through the generosity of Drs. Yang Liu and Pan Zheng the Global Virus Network is able to formally facilitate mentorship and training of early career virologists through the GVN Drs. Yang Liu & Pan Zheng Academy, which currently consists of five programs.

GVN Drs. Yang Liu & Pan Zheng Academy

If you are interested in any of the programs of the GVN Drs. Yang Liu & Pan Zheng Academy, please contact Avita Ukpabia, Academy Program Coordinator.

The Global Virus Network also hosts webinars, provides fellowships and grants, often partnering with other organizations to offer additional opportunities, including online training.


Alumni Testimonial: Dr. Rubaiyea Farrukee

"The GVN Postdoctoral Fellowship has given me an amazing opportunity to build my career in Virology. This fellowship has been pivotal in my pursuit of setting up an independent research program, with the aim of studying respiratory viruses within the context of innate immunity. I look forward to doing some exciting science and continuing to increase my collaboration with the GVN network."

- Rubaiyea Farrukee, Ph.D.
Research Officer, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Melbourne, Doherty Institute


Rising Star Spotlight: Dr. Annie Elong Ngono

How were you drawn into virology and become familiar with the GVN?

"My childhood fascination with pathogens started with a news story about a cholera outbreak, which sparked my curiosity and desire to learn more about this disease. As I delved deeper into the study of pathogens, my attention was increasingly drawn to the captivating and intricate world of virology. The astounding biology of viruses and their profound impact on human life left an indelible impression on me. So I committed myself to earning a PhD in Immunology, which was driven by a passion to better understand these complex agents and to develop innovative strategies to prevent and combat infectious diseases on a global scale. During my post-doctoral journey, I had the privilege of meeting Professor Erica Ollmann Saphire, a world-renowned virologist and President/CEO of the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. Her enthusiasm for the Global Virus Network was inspiring and piqued my interest in joining. I am honored to be a part of this amazing and powerful community."

Annie Elong Ngono, PhD
Research Instructor
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

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