Inhalable measles vaccine earns more recognition for professor

By Staff

Bob Sievers, second from right, is joined by his wife, Nancy; collaborator Amir Genosar of AktivPak; and Genosar's daughter Romi at the recent CIRES reception. Sievers was recognized for winning a 2008 Astellas Award, center.

Bob Sievers, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, celebrated a recent award during a reception at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

Sievers, director of the CIRES Environmental Program, won a 2008 Astellas Award from the American Chemical Society for his group's research on aerosols in public health and the development of a measles vaccine in inhalable powder form. He worked with students and researchers in creating the vaccine for use in developing countries.

The September reception in the CIRES atrium followed his presentation at an ACS Award lecture at a symposium in Washington, D.C., over the summer. The Astellas Award carries a stipend of $30,000.