I recently gave another talk on COVID-19, including some detail on where the virus spreads, vaccine research (which is now slightly out of date, as there are 7 approved vaccines across the world), and how new variants arise and how important they are (which is also slightly out of date, since new variants were identified in South Africa and Brazil).
I trained as a virologist, starting with an undergraduate degree in virology from the University of Warwick, UK. My PhD, in influenza virus genetics and immunoevasion, was from Public Health England and the University of Reading, UK, with Maria Zambon and Wendy Barclay. My research interests then moved to smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels and cell adhesion, while a postdoc at Imperial College London with Geoffrey Smith, FRS. I then joined open-access publisher BioMed Central in 2011 as an editor and then associate publisher and was Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature from 2016, running the Nature Research Communities and other online engagement activities for researchers. I joined Nature Medicine in 2021, with responsibility for news and opinion content, and am based in the London office.
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The latest COVID-19 research - video
The latest research on COVID-19 vaccines, where the virus spreads, and new variants