Vaccine Smarts

About Us

Richard Rupp, MDRichard Rupp, MD
Dr. Rupp is board certified in Pediatrics as well as in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). 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, PhD, MBA
Bridget E Hawkins, PhD Dr. Hawkins received her PhD in the Biomedical Sciences (Neuroscience) from 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) from 2010-2014 as Assistant Director. Dr. Hawkins also served on the SCVD’s Executive Leadership committee. Drs. Hawkins and Rupp were recipients of the UTMB's President’s Cabinet Award for the 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 an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology.