Theodora Hatziioannou, a Greek-American professor at Rockefeller University in New York was honored on Tuesday by the mayor of the island of Rhodes Fotis Chatzidiakos, for her research on AIDS treatment.
The awarding of the world-famous scientist was held in the building of the Municipality of Rhodes. Hatziioannou, along with her husband and two children are enjoying their summer holidays in her homeland. The professor visits the Greek island often, as her relatives and friends live there.
Despite living abroad for many years, she loves Greece and her children study in a Greek school in New York.
Hatziioannou is leading a research group operating in the US. After 25 years of research, she managed to infect monkeys with the HIV virus, facilitating the work of scientists, who have now intensified their experiments for the discovery of the vaccine that will cure AIDS.
HIV was transmitted to humans from apes, however it has adapted to the human body and doesn’t infect small animals, such as monkeys.
Hatziioannou studied at the University of Bristol in Britain and did a postgraduate degree at London’s Imperial College. She got her PhD in 1999 from the University Claude Bernard in Lyon-France and did postdoctoral research at Columbia and Rockefeller University (Aaron Diamond Research Center for AIDS). She continued to work as an assistant professor at the latter since 2006 and in 2012 she was promoted to associate professor.