Earlier this year, Junpeng Deng of the Oklahoma State University discovered the crystal structure of the poxvirus protein, providing insight into how different proteins within the immune system can communicate with one another.
Researchers consider this discovery rather crucial because of the potential to block communication between the proteins and the virus molecules, ultimately preventing or even curing the virus from the host. Deng's next project is to create a drug that can create this interference between proteins in a number of different viruses to help prevent infection.
He also has an extra $1.34 million in grant money. Pretty good deal.