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From Zimbabwe and back, via CSUCI, to fight AIDS

June 20, 2011

Category: A Closer Look

Spurred by her intent to help find better ways to battle AIDS, Elisabeth Freeman made her way from her homeland of Zimbabwe to CSU Channel Islands.

Elisabeth Freeman at CSUCI, 2006Now, after earning a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2006, she’s returned to Africa to help communities develop sustainable ways to improve public health. For the story in her own words, read “Looking Beyond the Cure,” the latest post in the CSU’s Voices and Views blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

As I went through the biology program, I learned that the problem (of curing AIDS) was more complex – not just from a medical standpoint but also in terms of education, infrastructure and resources.

CSU Channel Islands connected me with an internship at Amgen, where I worked with an incredible mentor and renowned scientist who allowed me to co-discover a new protein formulation for medical drugs. It was an amazing place to learn about scientific research and technology, but equally important it was a company with a global reach and immense resources.

Freeman’s experiences at CSUCI (where she led an effort that raised $10,000 to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina) are also described in a profile in CSUCI’s winter 2006 magazine Current. (Titled “A Passion for Helping People,” you’ll find it on page 11.)

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