Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

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Clare Burn


Hometown: Dunedin, New Zealand

Undergraduate Institution: University of Otogo

Thesis Mentor: Betsy Herold, M.D. 

Department: Microbiology and Immunology


  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellow
  • New Zealand Fulbright Scholar
  • International Herpesvirus Workshop, oral presentation
  • Antibody Engineering and Therapeutics, oral presentation

    Description of Research

    I am characterizing the mechanisms of protection induced by a herpes simplex virus vaccine candidate developed in our lab that completely protects from disease and latency in animal models. We have identified a novel correlate of protection and are investigating pathways involved in generating and mediating the protective response.


    vaccine, HSV, immunology, infectious disease 

    Why Einstein

    I chose Einstein because, in addition to a variety of research in my field of interest (infectious disease immunology), the collaborative environment and happier students appealed to me as the sort of place I’d like to spend the next 5 or so years. Einstein is a small school with a large diversity of research areas and a faculty that are always willing to provide input and advice. It’s a supportive and encouraging environment in which to conduct research. On-campus housing and easy access to Manhattan are also big pulls for a New York City school without the New York City rent!

    Advice for Prospective Students

    1) Lab will be your second home! Choosing a lab that has a positive and comfortable work environment is important.
    2) Don’t interpret failures in the lab as personal failures. Often things do not work right away (if it were easy it wouldn’t take so long to get the degree). If you keep working at it, you will figure out a solution.

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