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Elena Govorkova, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA


Elena Govorkova
St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, USA

Dr. Govorkova is a Laboratory Director in the Division of Virology, Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA and is a leading scientist in the NIAID Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance. She received a medical degree from Moscow Medical Academy and a PhD in Virology at the DI Ivanovsky Institute of Virology, Moscow, Russia. For a number of years Dr. Govorkova was working at The DI Ivanovsky Institute of Virology in the Influenza laboratory collaborating with the World Health Organization.

In 1993 she joined the laboratory of professor Robert Webster at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dr. Govorkova’s research interests are primarily focused on evaluation of antiviral drugs against highly pathogenic influenza viruses on enzymatic and cellular levels, as well as in the animal models. Her work has involved investigation of advantages/disadvantages of combinations of antiviral drugs that target different viral proteins and have different mechanisms of action on the reduction of influenza virus replication in vitro, protection in animals and emergence and fitness of resistant variants.

She is the author of over 120 original research publications and review papers in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to patents and awards. Dr. Govorkova is a member of a number of professional societies and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Antiviral Research, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, The Journal of Infectious Diseases. She is actively sharing her expertise to mentor and train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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