important women in S.T.E.M

By:John Griffith


Françoise Barré-Sinoussi was born in Paris in 1947. Since her early childhood she has always been fascinated with the natural world. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is a French virologist.(the study of viruses)Since 1992, she has been the Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit at the Institute Pasteur in Paris.she was awarded the Nobel Prize of medicine for the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 1983.


In 1966 she entered the University of Paris to study natural science. During her studies, she was eager to gain laboratory experience. Jean-Chermann at the Institute Pasteur accepted to recruit her as a volunteer.
Jean-Claude Chermann was studying the relationship between retroviruses and cancers in mice and proposed to her a PhD project to study the retroviral activity of a synthetic molecule (HPA23) in leukemia induced by Friend virus in mice. Tests proved effective and Barré-Sinoussi was awarded her PhD in 1974.
The Experts Speak: Nobel Laureate, Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi