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Jaqueline Goes de Jesus

Jaqueline Goes de Jesus is a biomedical scientist, in charge of the genetic sequencing of the new coronavirus in the first cases of Covid-19 in Latin America. She is currently working as a fellow at The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), as part of her post-doctorate at the São Paulo Institute of Tropical Medicine – University of São Paulo (IMT-USP), within the Brazil-UK Centre for Arbovirus Discovery, Diagnosis, Genomics and Epidemiology (CADDE). Jaqueline also carries out research in the field of the following emerging arboviruses: ZIKV, DENV, CHIKV, YFV, ORV and MAYV.

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Dr Alex Bowmer

Dr Alex Bowmer is a medical anthropologist and a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, working on understanding the social dynamics of epidemics and the facilitators and barriers to vaccine deployment in epidemic outbreaks. After completing his PhD, he has spent the past two years working on Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Swine Fever, and now Covid-19. 

Outside of his work on Covid-19, he also works in professional sport as a physical therapist and strength & conditioning coach with teams in the USA and UK. 

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Gabriel Carrasco

Gabriel is Co-Director of the Health Innovation Lab at the Institute of Tropical Medicine “Alexander von Humboldt”, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru and a PhD candidate in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. Gabriel’s research focuses on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the intersection with environmental determinants. Currently he is leading two data management teams of random controlled trials (RCTs) on Covid-19 treatments and vaccines in Peru.

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Shamaila Anwar

Shamalia is currently project managing the National Institute of Health Research ‘COVID and Me’ programme to address inclusivity in vaccine research and reaching underserved communities.

Dr Shamaila Anwar is a senior manager at the National Institute for Health Research where she has worked for the last 6 years managing key initiatives in Cancer, Surgery and Oral and Dental Health Research.

Shamaila completed her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Bradford and has a background in the development and management of clinical trials across a number of different specialty areas.  

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Leonie Mayer

Leonie Mayer is a PhD student in the Emerging Infections Team under Professor Addo at the University Hospital and the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany. The team works on clinical trials of new vaccines against emerging infectious agents such as Ebola virus, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2.

Leonie’s research is focused on understanding the T cell immune response after coronavirus infection or vaccination with different vaccine platforms. Before starting her PhD, she studied Vaccinology in Spain, France and Belgium as part of the Erasmus Mundus Master LIVE. 

In her free time, Leonie likes to go hiking, painting and eating chocolate.

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Professor Shiv Pillai

Shiv is Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences & Technology at Harvard Medical School where he’s Director of the immunology postgraduate programmes, and a Group leader at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, where his lab is located. He is a world leader in the study of fundamental B-cell development. Currently his lab is studying the immune response to Covid-19, where they have identified a potential way in which the disease’s cytokine storm may inhibit development of a strong antibody response by the immune system.

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Dr Nighat Arif

Dr Nighat Arif is a NHS General Practitioner (GP) who has been working on the Covid-19 frontline caring for patients and has contracted Covid-19 herself. Now Dr Nighat’s surgery is administering Covid-19 vaccines. 

Dr Nighat is a family GP specialising in women’s health and family planning.  She is based in Buckinghamshire and is able to consult fluently with patients in Urdu and Punjabi. Nighat is also the resident doctor on BBC Breakfast, ITV’S This Morning and BBC LookEast, updating viewers on the latest medical news. Additionally, Nighat is an ambassador of many charitable causes including Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, HerSpirit and is heavily involved with supporting NHS Blood and Transplant. 

Dr Nighat remains authentic to her values as a British Pakistani, Muslim woman and mother navigating and uniting the different cultures in a positive way.  She has integrity, substance, humanity and style and approaches life with humour. Nighat is married with three young boys, she loves baking, spin classes with friends, watching movies and reading.

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Purvi Parikh

Purvi Parikh, MD, FACP, FACAAI is one the investigators for the Covid-19 vaccine trials at the New York University Vaccine Center.

Purvi is an adult and paediatric allergist and immunologist at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill and is currently on faculty as Clinical Assistant Professor in both departments of Medicine and Paediatrics at New York University School of Medicine.

She is an avid vaccine champion with the UN Foundation’s vaccine program Shot@life.  She is highly passionate in health policy and travels to Washington, D.C. multiple times per year to speak with legislators to influence health policy.

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Team Halo is an effort to support and celebrate the inspiring collaboration between scientists all over the world to help us end this pandemic with safe and effective vaccines.

The ‘halo’ represents the ring of connected science that circles the globe.

All participation is voluntary. If you’re involved in the vaccine search and would like to be listed on this site, please get in touch.

Team Halo was established in partnership with the The Vaccine Confidence Project at the University of London’s school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It is proud to collaborate with the UN Verified Initiative and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Support is provided by Luminate, IKEA Foundation and the Global Challenges Foundation.