Gilbert, the vaccinologist behind Oxford Covid vaccine


Covid 19 vaccine developed by Oxford University has got the green signal. Even as the world rejoices in the development of the vaccine, it is now time to know the person who was instrumental behind the Oxford vaccine. It is none other than world famous brilliant vaccinologist Dr Sarah Gilbert.

Professor of Vaccinology, Jenner Institute and Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, at the Oxford University, she and her team wasted no time after the first outbreak of coronavirus from Wuhan in China.


Gilbert, who is in the field of vaccines for the last 15 years, is a founder of Vaccitech (Spin Company of Jenner Institute) that develops immunotherapy products. She started vaccine work at the University of Oxford in 1994. She mainly focused on malaria vaccine. The vaccinologist was involved in the development and testing of Universal Flu Vaccine. She mainly focused on developing vaccines against emerging and re-emerging pathogens, including MERS, Nipah and Lassa.


After earning her doctoral degree, Gilbert worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Brewing Industry Research Foundation. She then moved to the Leicester Biocentre. In 1990, Gilbert joined Delta Biotechnology and then returned to academia in 1994. She became Reader in Vaccinology at the University of Oxford in 2004. She became Professor at the Jenner Institute in 2010.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of East Anglia. She got her doctoral degree from the University of Hull.

Gilbert was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1962. Her father worked in the shoe business and her mother was a teacher and member of the local amateur operatic society.


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