Prof. Beatrice Hahn
Beatrice H. Hahn is a Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her MD degree from the Technical University of Munich in 1981, performed postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health from 1982-1985, and served on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham for 26 years before moving to the University of Pennsylvania. She is recognized for her work deciphering the primate origins of the human AIDS viruses HIV-1 and HIV-2 as well as the human malaria parasites Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax. She is known particularly for developing novel non-invasive methods to study the evolution, biology and zoonotic potential of pathogens that infect endangered primate species, including chimpanzees and gorillas. Dr. Hahn is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.