A public ballot of some 20,000 votes has seen Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz landing in the top 10 after Prospect Magazine had shortlisted the Sidney Fellow and Biologist as one of the ‘World’s top 50 thinkers for the COVID-19 age’.

KK Shailaja, a teacher turned politician in India, was voted the top thinker in 2020. Six other women joined the list, including New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum and the historian of slavery at Bristol Olivette Otele.

Professor Zernicka-Goetz and her team were most recently in the press for their research into how COVID-19 could infect embryos as early as during the second week of pregnancy.

On hearing the news that she made the top 10, Professor Zernicka-Goetz commented: “That was the last thing I had expected!  I am, of course, absolutely delighted but what we have achieved is entirely the result of team effort. I am particularly happy that so many remarkable women were recognised this year and that I can represent all women in science”.

The Sidney community is very proud of Professor Zernicka-Goetz and her team’s continued successes for biology and medicine and are delighted that their work has been recognised by Prospect Magazine and its readership in the COVID-19 age.

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Professor Zernicka-Goetz's new book, The Dance of Life, is out now!

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