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Richard Rupp, MDRichard Rupp, MD
Dr. Rupp is board certified in Pediatrics as well as in Adolescent Medicine. He has more than a decade of experience working with schools on health related issues including the improvement of immunization rates. He has been the Principal Investigator for vaccine clinical trials spanning the spectrum from infants to the elderly. Dr. Rupp's expertise in Adolescent Medicine has been particularly helpful in the success of trials involving teens.


Bridget E Hawkins, PhDBridget E Hawkins, PhD
Dr. Hawkins received her PhD in the Biomedical Sciences (Neuroscience) from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in 2008. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship researching the impact of traumatic brain injury on cerebrovascular proteins and skeletal muscle, she joined the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development (SCVD) in 2010 as Assistant Director and as is actively involved in the Center’s “Vaccines for Chronic Diseases” initiative.  As part of this initiative, she collaborates with an Alzheimer’s disease researcher on therapeutic vaccination projects. Dr. Hawkins also serves on the SCVD’s Executive Leadership committee. She is the co-recipient of the UTMB’s President’s Cabinet Award for a project titled: Public Vaccine Education Campaign: Enhancing Our Community’s Understanding of the Importance of Vaccines and the Diseases They Prevent. Dr. Hawkins is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and is instrumental in the operations and strategic planning of the SCVD.