Firdausi Qadri (PhD Biochemistry 1980, Liverpool) is Dir., Centre for Vaccine Sciences, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Her work on infectious diseases and vaccines is carried out in collaboration with intl. and natl. organizations in related topics. She began her career in 1981 as Asst. Prof., Dept. of Biochem., U. of Dhaka. She joined icddr,b in 1986 as a Post-doctoral Fellow and has remained there. She is currently overseeing a large feasibility study for introducing cholera vaccine in high risk people in the country. She has published over 263 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Her honours include: Prof. C.N.R. Rao Prize for Sci. Research, TWAS; Hon. Intl. Fellow, ASTMH; Ambassador, Am. Soc. for Microbiology (ASM) for Bangladesh; Christophe and Rodolphe Mérieux Foundation Grand Prize, French Acad. of Sciences; Fellow, Bangladesh Acad. of Sciences; Member of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Technology Bank for the LDCs.