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Georgia Asian Times E May 15-31, 2010

25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia

could be used to control AIDS on the

could be used to control AIDS on the

Indian subcontinent, where the strains of

HIV that predominant differ from those most frequently transmitted in the U.S.

Indian subcontinent, where the strains of

HIV that predominant differ from those most frequently transmitted in the U.S. and other Western countries. At Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the

National Primate Research Center and the

Emory Vaccine Center, Rama Rao Amara, PhD, is testing therapies for reviving the

immune system in monkeys infected with HIV’s cousin, SIV. In combination with

Dr. Rama Rao Amara, Ph.D.

Dr. Rama Rao Amara, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of

Emory Vaccine Center-Yerkes

Associate Professor, Department of

Microbiology and Immunology Emory Vaccine Center-Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Emory University

National Primate Research Center

Emory University

Dr. Rama Rao Amara, Ph.D. is a Re-

search Associate Professor in the Divi- sion of Microbiology and Immunology of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University, and Associate

Professor in the Emory School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immu- nology. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology and immunology from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, and did his post-doctoral training at Emory.

Dr. Rama Rao Amara, Ph.D. is a Re-

search Associate Professor in the Divi- sion of Microbiology and Immunology

Center of Emory University, and Associate

Professor in the Emory School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immu- nology. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology and immunology from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, and did his post-doctoral training at Emory.

As a research associate, Dr. Amara played a major role in the preclinical development of the AIDS vaccine now in Phase I clinical trials. Now as an EVC faculty member, Dr. Amara is working to develop a version of this vaccine that

As a research associate, Dr. Amara

played a major role in the preclinical development of the AIDS vaccine now in Phase I clinical trials. Now as an EVC faculty member, Dr. Amara is working to develop a version of this vaccine that

The goal of Dr. Rama Rao Amara is to

developing vaccines for HIV/AIDS with a major emphasis on therapeutic vaccines. There are currently about 40 million individuals living with HIV worldwide, with 16,000 people newly infected every

day. Without question the AIDS epidemic

PhD, is testing therapies for reviving the

immune system in monkeys infected with HIV’s cousin, SIV. In combination with antiretroviral drugs, this approach may l lead to new treatments against HIV/AIDS.

ead to new treatments against HIV/AIDS.

The goal of Dr. Rama Rao Amara is to

major emphasis on therapeutic vaccines. individuals living with HIV worldwide,

with 16,000 people newly infected every

day. Without question the AIDS epidemic represents a major threat to public health, economic development, and cultural

stability worldwide. The introduction of drugs that control virus replication and

economic development, and cultural

stability worldwide. The introduction of drugs that control virus replication and

improved treatment regimens l improved treatment regimens like HAARTike HAART

have succeeded only in prolonging the

ives of some infected individuals fortu- nate enough to have access to the medica- tions. These anti-viral drugs do not cure infection, and are associated with several signi cant problems, including serious side effects, prohibitively high cost, the need for rigorous adherence and the po- tential for developing viral resistance. For these reasons, development of a safe and effective HIV vaccine is imperative. Strate- gies under his leadership will enormously improve our ability to develop effective therapeutic vaccines and vaccine regimens

have succeeded only in prolonging the

l lives of some infected individuals fortu- nate enough to have access to the medica- tions. These anti-viral drugs do not cure infection, and are associated with several signifi cant problems, including serious side effects, prohibitively high cost, the need for rigorous adherence and the po- tential for developing viral resistance. For these reasons, development of a safe and effective HIV vaccine is imperative. Strate- gies under his leadership will enormously improve our ability to develop effective therapeutic vaccines and vaccine regimens against HIV/AIDS.

She is a community and political activist for years. While living in Hong Kong, she was President of the League of Women Voters and served on the board for Republicans Abroad. Her background also includes serving as President of the Republican Women’s Club and the execu- tive board for the Republican Party. She is a graduate of Coverdell Leadership Institute, Asian Pacifi c American Insti- tute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Georgia Legislative Leadership Institute (GLLI), Leadership Cherokee and Leader- ship Academy for Asian Pacifi c American Elected offi cials.

Charlice Byrd

Georgia House of Representatives District 20

Charlice Byrd is serving in her sixth year for District 20 in the Georgia House of Representatives. She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana with a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Southeastern Louisiana University where she spent the late 1970’s as an educator.

She serves on fi ve committees: Vice Chair of Children and Youth, Economic Devel- opment and Tourism, Health and Human Services, Judiciary Non-Civil and Secre- tary of Science and Technology.

Tina Dang Principal

Tina Dang Principal

NDI Management & Development

NDI Management & Development

Tina Dang has been involved in real estate since 1985, and has acquired over 40 shopping centers totaling over 5 million

of retail square feet and developed acres of commercial and ndustrial land. She is responsible for acquisition, disposition,

has acquired over 40 shopping centers totaling over 5 million

of retail square feet and developed acres of commercial and i industrial land. She is responsible for acquisition, disposition, fi nancing and property management. Dang is amongst the

Dang currently serves as member of Board of Direc- tors for Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID).

tors for Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID).

Jay Eun

Rev. Antonius Pancha Anugerah Deacon, Our Lady Assumption Catholic Church

Rev. Antonius Pancha Anugerah is pas- sionate in serving the local Indonesian community. He has been living in Atlanta since 1982. Anugerah is respected fi gure known to defend the rights and dignity of immigrants, the elderly, and discriminated poor. In addition to his work as Deacon for Indonesian Community at Our Lady As- sumption Catholic Church in Brookhaven, he also serve as a board member of Indo- nesian Community Heritage Foundation (ICHF).

President, Golden Stella President, Korean Association of Greater Atlanta

Eun attended Pusan National University in Korea, served three years of compulsory national service with the Korean Army, and then decided to join his parents already in the US. He managed his family’s restaurant business for six years. Eun and his wife started Golden Stella Inc. a fashion jewelry and accessories wholesaler business in 1987.

Jay carves out time to be active in his church and local community organizations. Jay was elected to the Board of Directors of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in 2004. After he completed his term of three years he was promoted to serve in the Chamber’s Executive Committee and heads the Chamber’s Global Business Council.

largest commercial property owner in the Gwinnett corridor.

Dang currently serves as member of Board of Direc-

largest commercial property owner in the Gwinnett corridor.

An advocate for advancing life sciences innovation and promoting public’s health and well being in Georgia. She was named “Legislater of the Year” in 2007 by Bio- technology Industry Organization. Byrd is also the recipient of the 2008 Georgia BIO Community Award.

In addition to her political activities, Charlice donates her time and fi nances to the Friends of the Library, the Historical Society, the Volunteer Aging Council, The Optimist Club, the Chamber of Commerce and Town Lake Arts Center.

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