#LINO70 young scientist Alice Fletcher-Etherington is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge interested in how viruses interact with host cell intrinsic immune responses. More recently, she has been applying the mass spectrometry techniques she uses in her PhD to study COVID-19 pathogenesis. Learn more about her and her work in her Women in Research interview on our blog:
In your opinion, what will be the next great breakthrough in science / in your discipline?
In virology, I hope that we will soon see a universal flu vaccine, a vaccine for HIV and the eradication of polio and measles. With increases in public vaccine hesitancy, misinformation and distrust in scientific knowledge (all of which could be amplified by failings in the COVID-19 response), I worry if we will ever reach these goals. More generally, I think an important breakthrough in the scientific field would be a systematic change in the way that scientists, the public, and policy makers interact.
Alice was also part of our Online Science Days debate "Corona – The Role of Science in Times of Crisis". Find the recording of the panel with Nobel Laureates Doherty, Levitt, Permutter, Lindau Alumnus Enrique Lin Shiao and Alice in our Mediatheque.