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Research that makes vaccines possible

Meet Neil Christensen, MSc, PhD, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Christensen discovered neutralizing monoclonal antibodies for the human papillomavirus (HPV) which led to the development of the original HPV vaccine. Antibodies that are still being used by vaccine manufacturers to quality control test vaccines as part of their drug development programs.

Dr. Christensen’s life’s work has resulted in several vaccines being developed and commercialized – he is an example of what makes Penn State College of Another Breakthrough Medicine.

Learn more in the video below.

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