Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D., a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, is among the winners of 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) which recognizes an American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT) Member who has achieved a pioneering research success, specific high-impact accomplishment, or a lifetime of significant contributions to the field of gene and cell therapy. It is the Society’s highest honor.
Agbandje-McKenna’s group uses structural biology approaches (X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy and image reconstruction) combined with biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and in vivo animal studies to study single-stranded DNA packaging viruses. This includes members of the Circoviridae, Geminiviridae, and Parvoviridae. The group aims to characterize pathogenic and non-pathogenic viruses with the goal to develop methods of control and gene therapy strategies to treat monogenic diseases, respectively.Learn more about UF Researcher Among 2020 ASGCT Award Recipients.