UTMB scientist singled out as Ebola fighters honored

UTMB's Thomas Geisbert was singled out with others as part of Time magazine honoring Ebola fighters as its 2014 Person of the Year. | Courtesy of UTMB

A professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) was spotlighted as one of the Ebola fighters named recently as Time magazine's 2014 Person of the Year.

Thomas Geisbert, a professor of microbiology and immunology at UTMB, has been studying the virus for 30 years. He currently works at the Galveston National Laboratory, testing possible Ebola vaccines and treatments.

Geisbert said in a Time interview that he takes his work personally, noting some patients have survived after receiving an experimental drug he helped develop.

“There are so many confounding variables, so how can you say any one thing made the difference?” Geisbert said. “But it’s a great feeling knowing I was involved in the development of something that hopefully saved somebody. And if it saved one person, it matters."

UTMB President David Callender congratulated Geisbert on his work and said he is an example of “UTMB's commitment to fighting infectious diseases.”

“We’re extremely proud of Dr. Geisbert and his work, as well as the cutting-edge research that so many of our scientists are conducting,” Callender said. “We’re extremely pleased that the hard work of our scientists is being recognized."

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