DHVI Spotlight on Diversity

Stories and spotlights from the Duke Human Vaccine Institute's diverse scientists, researchers, and staff.

Pride Month 2023

Elizabeth Van Itallie, bioinformatician in Dr. Kevin Wiehe's laboratory, tells her story of how her queerness helped her see herself as a scientist again.

Elizabeth Van Itallie profile photo centered

Excerpt from her story:

"Previously, when I thought about science in my future, I envisioned leaving the basic science of my Ph.D. research and doing something that could explicitly impact communities I care about. My exploration focused on reproductive health. But now, after reflecting on my interest in queer culture, I realize that, of course, the HIV pandemic continues."

Read more here in the member magazine of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2023

International Day of Women and Girls in Science was on February 11, 2023. The Duke Human Vaccine Institute celebrates all of our women in science. Here's to all of the trailblazers, glass ceiling breakers, mentors, and motivators for women and girls in science!


Video credit goes to another amazing woman in science at the DHVI, Megan Averill, scientific program leader. Thank you to Amanda Newman (scientific program leader) and Elizabeth Van Itallie (bioinformatician) for helping coordinate. 

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

During the month of May in 2022, the Duke Human Vaccine Institute highlighted some of its best and brightest scientists that represent the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. See profiles below.

Thynn Thane Profile
Bhavna Hora Profile
Bishem Thakur Profile