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Hawley Linke, Ph.D:

Vice President of Scientific Affairs

Hawley has more than 30 years of experience, formerly working at Abbott Diagnostics and Abbott Nutrition. That’s where she led the molecular biology team charged with identifying the agent for so-called non-A, non-B hepatitis (now HCV).  Her investigations also involved establishing a relationship between HCV infection and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in a large primate model. At Abbott Nutrition, she developed genetically engineered novel molecules in food production quantities for infants and children with inborn errors of metabolism, and developed transgenic mammals whose milk contained high levels of an essential human hormone found naturally in breastmilk. As a Certified Clinical Research Professional, she has led clinical studies in infant nutrition and supported an FDA submission that delivered the first ever U.S. claim for medical efficacy in standard infant formula.

Her publications include a review of vitamin D’s cellular and molecular activities, scientific papers on virology and nutrition, co-authorship of a book on investigative virology, and patents from the USPTO and elsewhere.

Other areas of expertise include: allergy, otitis media, infant respiratory infections, human milk oligosaccharides, gastrointestinal symptom relief, probiotic modulation, necrotizing enterocolitis diagnostics for the NICU, and metabolomic and human microbiome implications for nutrition strategies. She also has experience with prion agents and the CNS virus associated with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). 

Academically, Dr. Linke received a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from San Diego State University, a doctorate in Molecular Biology from the UCLA and served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pathology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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