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Dame Sarah Gilbert

Dame Sarah  Gilbert


Dame Sarah Gilbert


University of Oxford

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Sarah Gilbert is Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford. She joined the University in 1994 and became part of the Jenner Institute when it was founded in 2005. Her chief research interest is the development of viral-vectored vaccines that work by inducing strong and protective T and B cell responses. She now works on vaccines for many different emerging pathogens, including influenza, Nipah, MERS, Lassa, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, and in 2020, initiated the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine project. Working with colleagues in the Jenner Institute, the Clinical Biomanufacturing Facility and Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine, all situated in Oxford, she can take novel vaccines from design to clinical development, with a particular interest in the rapid transfer of vaccines into manufacturing and first in human trials. She is the Oxford Project Leader for ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 with approval for use in many countries around the world. In June 2021 she was made a Dame in the Queens’ Birthday Honours (DBE).