“We have to put all the pieces together. And we didn’t have all the pieces back then. But we had one really interesting piece,” said Philip Felgner. Felgner, [Ph.D., professor in residence of physiology & biophysics], now the director of the Vaccine Research and Development Center at UC Irvine, has been recognized internationally for his contributions to the mRNA vaccines. … Elie Dolgin, the science writer who profiled [Robert] Malone and other vaccine trailblazers for Nature magazine, said he sees Felgner as a potential contender for the Nobel Prize whenever it’s awarded for the mRNA vaccines. Last summer, Felgner shared Spain’s version of the Nobel Prize, the Asturias Award, with six other mRNA vaccine pioneers.