Professor Meshakti Recipient of Distinguished Award from the Human Factors & Ergonomics society

Dr. Pardis Sabeti among 100 Most Influential People in 2015

Dr. Pardis Sabeti among 100 Most Influential People in 2015

Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis joins the National Academy of Inventors

Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis joins the National Academy of Inventors

Professor Madjid Samii Named World Top Neurosurgeon

Professor Madjid Samii Named World Top Neurosurgeon

Dr. Ramin Golestanian wins the 2014 Holweck Medal

Dr. Ramin Golestanian wins the 2014 Holweck Medal

Maryam Shanechi recognized as one of 35 Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review

Maryam Mirzakhani wins Fields Medal

Maryam Mirzakhani wins Fields Medal

Professor Iraj Ershaghi elected to
the National Academy of Engineering

Professor Iraj Ershaghi elected to <br/>the National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Pardis Sabeti among 100 Most Influential People in 2015

SabetiTime magazine has released their list of the 100 Most Influential People 2015. The list was divided into 5 categories: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons and Dr. Sabeti is front and center as one of the top pioneers. When the Ebola epidemic began in West Africa, Dr. Pardis Sabeti led a team that did something critically important: it sequenced virus samples from infected patients almost as soon as the outbreak began. This marked the first in-depth use of real-time DNA sequencing in the midst of such a deadly pandemic. Pardis and her team were able to work out clearly that the virus was spreading human to human—not from mosquito bites or some pig vector or something else.

There were so many theories out there, but her work proves that there’s nothing like real data to get rid of myths and guesses and get down to the facts. Many of her scientific collaborators died during this outbreak. This is high-risk research, but it ended up saving a lot of lives too. There is no excuse not to do this kind of work with every outbreak that ever occurs in the future.

Source: Time.com and Smithsonian Magazine

 

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