Army Researcher Develops Potential Vaccine Carrier That May Give Stockpiling Efforts A Shot In The Arm

U.S. Army Maj. Jean M. Muderhwa, a researcher and Grantham University graduate, presented yesterday at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting on a microemulsion he developed and that has been found to be both stable and a good candidate for delivering a variety of antigens.

SAN DIEGO, April 22, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — A researcher at the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)/San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) will present findings this week on a new potential vaccine carrier that he hopes will extend the shelf life of and aid in the stockpiling of critical vaccines.

U.S. Army Maj. Jean M. Muderhwa is slated to present at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting on a microemulsion he developed and that has been found to be both stable and a good candidate for delivering a variety of antigens. His findings will be presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s annual meeting, which is part of EB2012.

“There is a synergy here,” Muderhwa said of the microemulsion. “What I found is a composition that is transparent, is liquid and that has been sitting there (on my shelf) for six months” without degrading.

Muderhwa, deputy laboratory director at the Medical Center’s Clinical Investigation Department, made the microemulsion with what seems like a simple recipe with five components, but it’s how those five components interact that is quite special. He is hopeful that forthcoming animal studies will show the full potential for the recipe.

Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Muderhwa earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Languedoc Roussillon in Montpellier (France) and completed a postdoctoral stint in biophysics at the University of Minnesota. He’s also worked at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where he spent five years working on prostate cancer vaccines in Dr. Carl Alving’s laboratory before joining the U.S. Army. Later on, he earned an MBA from Grantham University (St. Louis, Mo.) and a master’s of public health from Kaplan University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

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