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Kara Shumansky
MGM Graduate Student

1045 MSRB II
Box 103035 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 919.681.0335
Fax: 919.684.6492
Email: kara.shumansky@duke.edu

Kara Shumansky

Research Interests: Viral pathogenesis and vaccine development

I was born in New York City, but grew up in Manalapan, New Jersey. After spending all my life in the northeastern US, I decided to hop the border and go to university in Montreal, Canada. There, I attended McGill University where I majored in Biology. During my four years there, I dabbled in various areas of scientific research. My sophomore year was spent in a neurobiology lab look at the effects schizophrenia has on specific structures in the brain. The following year I partook in a field study semester in Africa where I was able to get hands on research experience in various scientific disciplines ranging from conservation ecology to malaria prevention. However, it was my summer internship at the National Institutes of Health that truly inspired me. My work on the epidemiology of human norovirus led to the discovery of viral strains 25 years older than any that had been previously discovered.

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