Pardis Sabeti (Florida & New College 1999) has been selected as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Sabeti, a professor at the Center for Systems Biology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, was chosen for her work in sequencing the Ebola virus.
J. Craig Venter, who wrote Sabeti's entry, said:
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.
In 2013, we published a profile interview with Pardis Sabeti, in which she spoke about her experience of Oxford, why she was attracted to medical research, and the challenges of working with infectious diseases.