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Federica Cappuccini博士是牛津大学詹纳研究所的一名博士后研究科学家。自2020年4月牛津/阿斯利康疫苗临床试验开始以来，Federica一直是COVID-19团队的兼职成员，处理和测试从英国志愿者那里收集的血液样本。特别是，该团队正在研究细胞反应的规模和持久性，作为疫苗免疫原性的读出。Federica最近成为COVID-19团队的全职成员，成为ChAdOx1 nCoV-19疫苗的儿科研究中的高级免疫学家之一。
Natalia Pasternak is a microbiologist, with a PhD and post-doctorate in Microbiology, in the field of Bacterial Genetics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She is the former director in Brazil of the international festival of scientific communication “Pint of Science” (UK), columnist for the Brazilian national newspaper “O Globo”, for The Skeptic magazine (UK), and Medscape (WebMD). She also hosts two weekly radio shows “The hour of Science” at Brazil’s CBN national radio station. She contributes as a visiting professor at the Public Administration School at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo, and as a research collaborator at the University of São Paulo.
She is currently the publisher of Question of Science magazine and president of Question of Science Institute, the first Brazilian Institute for the promotion of skepticism and rational thinking. She is the first Brazilian to become a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) – USA, in recognition of outstanding work in the promotion of science, skepticism and critical thinking. In 2020, and again in 2021, she was chosen Brazilian of the year in Science by IstoE Magazine. She was chosen Personality of the year by the Group of Latin America Daily Newspapers, and received the Ockham Award from The Skeptic magazine, for the promotion of skepticism and rational thinking in Brazil. She has written two books on popularization of science, Science in our daily lives, which won Brazil’s National Literature prize for best science book in 2021 (Prêmio Jabuti), and Against Reality: science denialism, its causes and consequences. She was the only Brazilian listed by BBC as the 100 most influential women of 2021, and she is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University, at the Center for Science and Society, by invitation of Professor Stuart Firestein. Her research focuses on how to improve science communication and combat denialism and misinformation, bringing scientific thinking for future policy makers, and helping to create an international collaboration for science-based global policies.
Dr Samir Gupta is a Respirologist, Clinician-Scientist and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He completed his medical training at McGill University before specializing in Respirology at the University of Toronto. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology and a fellowship in Knowledge Translation Research.
Samir has always had a specific interest in science communication. His academic research further strengthened his resolve that making science accessible and interesting is an urgent need in today’s online world. Samir started his television career at Global with the segment called “On Call With Dr. Gupta,” and is now a medical correspondent across properties on the Canadian Broadcaster, CBC. He appears on multiple networks and communicates about health and science across electronic, print, radio, and television media. As a leading media voice in the COVID-19 pandemic, Samir’s online “explainers” have been viewed over 10 million times. His latest channel is “The Feed With Dr. G.” This work has mostly focused on vaccine safety and the benefits of vaccination, and his research includes work on the behavioral determinants of vaccine hesitancy.
Samir was born and raised in Canada, and like most Canadians, he makes the best out of winter by doing things like sledding and skiing, but his first love has always been dance! As an Indo-Canadian he retains deep ties to India and runs a global health mission in the south of India. He is fluent in English, French, and Hindi, and a big fan of Bollywood!