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Recognizing Dr. Diana Florescu, Scientist Laureate

Last week Dr. Diana F. Florescu was honored at a celebration recognizing her recent achievement of being named the UNMC Scientist Laureate, the highest award UNMC bestows upon its researchers.

Dr. Florescu is a Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases here at UNMC. She came to UNMC first in 2009 as a phenomenal clinician with a focus in treating infections in immunocompromised hosts (solid organ transplant recipients and individuals with malignancy), and over the next 14 years would develop a distinguished research career focused on viral infections in solid organ transplant recipients, including treatment and vaccines. This work has been nationally and internationally recognized with nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles, and in 2020, she was a recipient of the UNMC Distinguished Scientist award, recognizing the most productive researchers at UNMC in the previous 5 years. She did not slow this work during the COVID-19 pandemic, in fact, she escalated her clinical research, leading investigation as a top enrolling site for the Novovax (NVX-CoV2373) COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, as well as other COVID-19 treatment trials and other non-COVID-19 studies in immunocompromised patients.

In addition to her extraordinary contributions to research and clinical care, Dr. Florescu has served as an invaluable mentor to the UNMC ID Faculty, residents, and APPs in the transplant ID service line. Outside of the hospital, she has been an advocate for her immunocompromised patients and patients experiencing homelessness in Omaha, and combines her love (and talent!) for ballroom dancing with this service, competing in and winning many dance competition fundraisers. UNMC ID is immensely proud of Dr. Florescu and excited to celebrate this recognition with her.

Here are some highlights of her outstanding accomplishments and comments made by a few of her mentors, colleagues, mentees, and friends celebrating her recognition. Congratulations, Dr. Florescu!

1 comment

  1. Nada A Fadul says:

    So well deserved Dr. Florescu for receiving the most prestigious UNMC research award. You are a true inspiration to women in medicine!

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