In 1990, she returned to California to open the Center for AIDS Research at the University of California San Diego.
There, she did a lot of research on ways to prevent HIV, and all of her findings were critical in the work done to create drugs for treatment.
Flossie’s findings were so monumental that her work was cited more than any other female scientist in the 1980s.
Towards the end of her career, she continued researching HIV/AIDS at the University of California San Diego, taking on many leadership positions.
She became the co-founder of a biopharmaceutical company, Immusol, and worked as a research professor of medicine at UCSD until the end of her life.
Flossie passed away at the age of 73 in July 2020. She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey McKelvy, their two daughters, and four grandchildren. What a remarkable scientist she was!
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