Women of Interest – Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi was born July 30, 1947, in Paris, France. In 2008 Barre-Sinoussi, along with Luc Montaigner, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of AIDS. In 1983 they discovered a retrovirus in patients with swollen glands; this retrovirus was later discovered to be the HIV virus. This discovery brought awareness to the urgent need for diagnostic testing to stop the spread of this horrible disease. Barre-Sinoussi is renowned for her research into infectious diseases. In 1988 she developed her own laboratory at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Francoise Barre-Sinoussi has coauthored over 240 scientific articles. She has received many awards in addition to the Nobel Prize, including the International AIDS Society Prize.

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