Dr. Thornburg is a staff scientist in the Crowe laboratory and specializes in human immune responses to respiratory viruses. She received a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Thornburg studied under Dr. Nancy Raab-Traub, examining the Epstein-Barr virus. After her graduate studies, Dr. Thornburg completed a brief postdoctorate with Dr. Robert Johnston, working on Venezuelan encephalitis equine virus-vectored orthopoxvirus vaccine development. Dr. Thornburg joined the Crowe Lab as a postdoctoral fellow and worked on neonatal immune responses to respiratory syncytial virus. In 2011, she was promoted to staff scientist and currently serves as project manager studying human monoclonal antibodies directed against highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses. Dr. Thornburg has been the lead author on 8 primary research publications, has co-authored several more, and is currently writing two more manuscripts. She has been awarded the Edwards Fellowship Award, a postdoctoral enhancement award, ASV medical virology travel award, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, amongst other honors. Dr. Thornburg is also a member of the American Society of Virology.
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