2006 News Articles-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Sophomore Lauren Thorpe Will Conduct Research in Lille, France, as an HHMI International Scholar

The Pasteur Institute in Lille, FranceLauren Thorpe, a Science and Humanities Scholar, will perform research this summer at the Pasteur Institute in Lille, France, as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Scholar.  

Thorpe, a sophomore from State College, PA, will be studying the Hepatitis C virus at the esteemed Pasteur Institute under the direction of Dr. Jean Dubuisson. She hopes that her research will shed more light on how the virus works; specifically, how the virus recognizes and enters a healthy host cell. "Perhaps if the virus is better understood scientists can find more effective ways to treat this disease," she said.

The Pasteur Institute is a private research foundation that performs disease-related biological research.   

Thorpe hopes that the five years of French that she took in high school will be adequate for living on her own in France. "I'll be living in an apartment near the Institute, and I plan on traveling and sightseeing on the weekends, so I'm sure I'll face some challenges!"

The HHMI International Scholar program is funded as part of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Bioscience Education Grant that the Department received in 2002.