Saturday, August 5, 2023

Sharon Schendel of LJI works with the Rotary Club of Del Mar to advance world health

Schendel spent a decade working in scientific publishing before returning to the lab in 2017 to work as a science writer and project manager for the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutics Consortium (VIC). Large-scale management of the VIC required Schendel to coordinate investigations of antibodies against some of the deadliest viruses known to humanity with laboratories all across the world. Scientists have made significant strides in combating the Ebola virus, the Lassa virus, and other infections because of Schendel and the VIC.

Schendel afterwards attended a meeting seven years ago that caused her to rethink community work. Schendel had planned for a young scientist she knew to discuss her work on the microbiome at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Del Mar. The discussion went well, and Schendel was impressed by the variety of causes the club backed and how hospitable the members were. She was extended an invitation to return and was urged to think about joining. 

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