Marylyn Martina Addo was born in Bonn, Germany to a Ghanaian father and a German mother. Marylyn is a German virologist who is a Professor and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) Head of Infectious Disease at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Marylyn has developed and tested vaccinations that protect people from Ebola virus disease and the MERS coronavirus EMC/2012. She is currently developing a viral vector-based COVID-19 vaccine.
Marylyn studied medicine at the University of Bonn, and earned her diploma at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, during which she researched Candida albicans transmission between HIV-positive people. She moved to Boston in 1999 where she specialized in infectious diseases at the Harvard Medical School.
Learn about the developments that the German Center for Infection Research is making towards a COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.dzif.de/en