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Charles Arntzen

[Photo by: Michelle Sladana, Biodesign Institute ASU]

Most Creative People 2015

Charles Arntzen

Regents' Professor, Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, Arizona University

For fighting Ebola with tobacco
Most Creative People

Charles J. Arntzen is a Regents Professor, Florence Ely Nelson Presidential Endowed Chair, and founder of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University in Tempe. He is currently director for two NIH-funded cooperative research centers at ASU, working on the development of hepatitis C vaccines and vaccines and microbicides to prevent sexually transmitted infections. Before his career in academia, he worked as director of biotechnology in DuPont's agricultural products division. Dr. Arntzen was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1983, and he is widely recognized as a pioneer in the development of plant-based vaccines for human disease prevention, with special emphasis on the needs of developing countries. His research helped create an experimental drug called ZMapp that was used to treat U.S. aid workers infected with Ebola in 2014.

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