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Mami Taniuchi Honored by Marquis Who's Who for Excellence in Infectious Disease Research and Global Health

Mami Taniuchi serves as an associate professor of medicine at the University of Virginia.

Her commitment to mentoring students and building international collaborations exemplifies her passion for education and research—a legacy that will undoubtedly influence many more years to come.

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, January 31, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Mami Taniuchi has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

At the University of Virginia, Dr. Taniuchi has established herself as a leading figure in the field of infectious disease research. Currently serving as an associate professor of medicine since 2020, she has dedicated her career to developing diagnostic assays for use in low to middle-income countries. Her innovative approach to research has led to significant advancements in detecting diseases like polio from both clinical and environmental samples. Dr. Taniuchi's work is crucial for tracking and ensuring the eradication of diseases in settings with limited resources.

Dr. Taniuchi's journey at the University of Virginia began as a postdoctoral research associate from 2007 to 2009, where she honed her skills in biomedical engineering and infectious disease research. She then progressed to a senior scientist role from 2009 to 2015, further solidifying her expertise and contributing valuable knowledge to her department. From 2015 to 2020, she served as an assistant professor of medicine, a period during which she continued to make strides in her research endeavors and began mentoring the next generation of scientists.

Dr. Taniuchi's educational background laid the foundation for her illustrious career. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University and went on to complete a Master of Science in biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia. Her academic journey culminated with a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia. The mentorship she received from esteemed colleagues like Dr. William Petri Jr., Dr. Eric Houpt, and international collaborators such as Dr. Rashidul Haque at icddr,b has been instrumental in her success.

Outside of academia, Dr. Taniuchi's personal experiences have greatly influenced her professional life. Her international upbringing across Italy, Tokyo, and Napa Valley has provided her with a unique perspective that she brings to her work in South Asia and Africa. For over 16 years, Dr. Taniuchi has been deeply involved in research efforts across Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India, focusing on diseases that disproportionately affect those without access to medical care.

In addition to her research on diarrhea and polio eradication efforts since 2011, Dr. Taniuchi has recently shifted some focus toward wastewater surveillance of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, influenza, and polio in low to middle income countries. Her commitment extends beyond research; she is passionate about improving global health through education and is working towards launching a global health-focused engineering program at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Taniuchi's personal interests include traveling, cooking, and golf—activities that provide balance and enrichment outside her demanding professional life. Her future plans involve nurturing the next generation of biomedical engineers with a strong foundation in global health solutions—an endeavor that reflects her dedication to both education and improving health outcomes worldwide.

With three prestigious awards acknowledging her contributions to science and global health, Dr. Taniuchi continues to be an inspiration for many within her field and beyond. Her commitment to mentoring students and building international collaborations exemplifies her passion for education and research—a legacy that will undoubtedly influence many more years to come.

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