Neal: Virologist and Vaccinologist at Seattle’s Infectious Disease Research Institute.
Lucy: Assistant Professor, Laboratory Systems Strengthening, Department of Global Health, School of Public Health at the University of Washington.
In 2006, we were new post-docs at CDC. We were wearing those blue Tyvek suits with the respirators when we met. No one looks good in those things. But we started chatting, and eventually started the tradition of High-Brow/Low-Brow dates. Think fancy dinner followed by PBRs and a rock show. In 2010 we got married!
What does that mean? I make vaccines for neglected and emerging diseases; and focus on making sure everyone has access to our vaccines
Why infectious disease? When I was younger, and trying to figure out what to study, someone told me that if you take the world as a whole, most people don’t live long enough to die from cancer. That’s changing, and probably no longer true, but that’s how I got started working in infectious disease.
Why I march for Science: I get to work every day with viruses, and often new ones that no one knows much about. That’s pretty cool and I still love it after 20 years.
I travel the world and work with national governments in resource-limited countries to improve their laboratory systems, including training staff and supporting policy and regulations that improve medical lab quality. This helps us by enabling other countries to detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks before they can spread.
On The Future: People tend to think that technology solves all the world’s problems, but in my experience, it really comes down to the people.
Why I march for Science: As a global community, we need investments in people, including basic science education to keep our world healthy, safe and prosperous.