Leslie Lobel

Leslie Lobel is an American-born Israeli virologist and physician at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, where he is a leading researcher attempting to develop a vaccine and cure for infectious diseases, primarily Ebola. He is Chair of their Department of Virology and Developmental Genetics, and Vice Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics.

Partnering with both the U.S. military and the Uganda Virus Research Institute, his focus since moving to Israel in 2002, has been on isolating human monoclonal antibodies as a drug which can be manufactured to give people immunity against a number of infectious diseases like West Nile Fever, Hepatitis C, as well as Ebola, of which he is one of the world’s few experts and its only academic researcher outside the U.S. His goal is to create a a “passive” vaccine which would offer protection immediately after being given.

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