ECNU alumni elected to the American Academy of Microbiology


Prof. Wang Linfa, an East China Normal University alumni, is among 65 experts elected to the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) this year. The elected Academy Fellows are eminent leaders in the field of microbiology and are relied upon for authoritative advice and insights on critical issues in microbiology.

The newly elected Fellows were chosen following a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Wang is currently a professor of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme, Duke-NUS Medical School and a distinguished professor of ECNU.

As an expert in the fields of zoonotic diseases, bat immunology and pathogen discovery, his work has been recognised with various international awards, including the 2014 Eureka Prize for Research in Infectious Diseases, and resulted in more than 400 scientific papers including many top scientific publications inScience,Nature, andLancet.

He has played a pivotal role in deepening our understanding of the likely origins of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. During the early days of the pandemic, his team was among the first in the world to culture the SARS-CoV-2 virus from patient samples and developed serological antibody tests to identify an important missing link between three major COVID-19 clusters in Singapore. Last year, Wang introduced about the COVID-19 outbreak and his own work in ECNU's first class of the spring semester.

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His team also invented cPass, the world’s first SARS-CoV-2 serological test to rapidly detect neutralising antibodies that does not require containment facilities or live biological materials. At the present time, cPass is the only neutralising antibody test for SARS-CoV-2 which has been granted Emergency Use Authorisation by the US FDA.

He is also active internationally by serving on various editorial boards for publication in the areas of virology, microbiology and infectious diseases. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief oftheVirologyJournal. He is also a member of multiple World Health Organization committees on COVID-19.

On May 29, 2019, in his talk with the students of the School of Life Sciences at ECNU, Wang Linfa encouraged the students: Being a righteous man is more important than doing science, doing scienceis more important than writing a paper, and writing a paper is more important than being an academician. He hoped that the students would become enthusiastic and single-minded researchers with a strict academic spirit.

Source:School of Life Science

Copy editor: Joshua Mayfield

Editor: Yu Wenxi


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