Franklin Fellow Dr. Adamashvili’s Medical Findings
Dr. Irina Adamashvili joined the U.S. Department of State in 2011 as a Franklin Fellow in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, and joined the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary (E/STAS) in February 2012. She serves as STAS’s primary advisor on international mobility issues for science and technology professionals, including visa and immigration issues for scientists who wish to visit and/or work in the United States. At this capacity she analyzes how current visa policies and their implementation affect international scientific collaboration, as well as examines other important contextual elements, such as national security.
Dr. Adamashvili is originally from the Republic of Georgia, where she worked for several years as a Head of International Affairs at the Medical University in Tbilisi. She received a Doctorate degree in Genetics from the Institute of Medical Genetics, Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia.
Dr. Adamashvili was a post-doctoral fellow from 1989-1990 at Osnabruk University, Germany, and from 1990-1991 at Harvard Medical School in Boston. From 1994-2010 she was an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Scientific Director of the Residency Program at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Irina is a member of the American Human Histocompatibility Society, the Genetic Society of America, the New York Academy of Sciences, the European Society of Human Genetics, among other organizations. She lectured at National Institutions (NIH, UCLA, Harvard Medical School, and /or other) and served as committee chairperson of international conferences. During her fellowship with STAS, Dr. Adamashvili organized a panel “The U.S. Visa Process for International Scientists” at the second annual Global Science Diaspora Forum in July 2012. And just returned back from Durham, NC where she presented her scientific findings in Genetics at the Duke University.