Perspectives and Opinions

"Here's to dreaming big. Here's to being resilient.
Here's to resting along the way."

Kizzmekia S. Corbett-Helaire.
Five Lessons of Resilience in Science.
Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2024 January 31.

This space serves as a collection of science and career perspectives I’ve written over the years. And will continue to write. I vowed at the start of my professorship, I would:

  • Speak to the community as much as I speak to scientists.
  • Write career perspectives to inspire growing professionals as much as I write scientific perspectives.

Represented in a variety of reputable journals, the pieces range from learning resilience in science to lasting career advice from my Dad—“Go where you are loved”—to prototype pathogen research. Some were born out of late nights or writing through grief; all are crafted with intention and honesty.

Whether you’re a community member or a scientist/community member, pop in! My hope is for these pieces to aid you on your journey, and that they’re here whenever you need them.

Kizzmekia S. Corbett-Helaire. Five Lessons of Resilience in Science. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2024 January 31:jiae047. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiae047.

Kizzmekia S. Corbett. This Emergency Is Over. Now It’s Time to Get Ready for the Next Pandemic. Time. 11 May 2023.

Kizzmekia S. Corbett as told through Adrienne Farr. Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett Helped Create the COVID Vaccine. Now She’s Working to Save Us From the Next Pandemic. Oprah Daily. 13 June 2022.

Kizzmekia S. Corbett. Lesson Plan. Guest letter for Ebony Magazine. Spring 2022.

Kizzmekia S. Corbett. I helped develop COVID-19 vaccine, let’s reach unvaccinated by listening not shaming. USA Today. 28 December 2021.

Kizzmekia S. Corbett. Career advice from my father: “Go where you are loved”. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 1 December 2021;32(22):ae3. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E21-08-0398.

Anthony S. Fauci, Miriam Merad, Soumya Swaminathan, Sun Hur, Eric Topol, Kate Fitzgerald, Caetano Reis e Sousa, Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Stefan Bauer. From mRNA sensing to vaccines. Immunity. 14 December 2021. doi:10.1016/j.immuni.2021.10.2018.

Nasim Annabi, Matthew Baker, Alistair Boettiger, Debojyoti Chakraborty, Yvonne Chen, Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Bruno Correia, James Dahlman, Tulio de Oliveira, Ali Ertuerk, Mehmet Fatih Yanik, Elizabeth Henaff , Meritxell Huch, Iliyan D. Iliev, Thomas Jacobs, Howard Junca, Albert Keung,  Ilana Kolodkin-Gal,  Smita Krishnaswamy, Madeline Lancaster, Evan Macosko, Mario Alberto Martínez-Núñez, Kyoko Miura, Jenny Molloy, Andrés Ochoa Cruz, Randall J Platt, Avery D. Posey Jr., Huilin Shao, Mijo Simunovic, Nikolai Slavov, Takanori Takebe, Luk H. Vandenberghe, Rajeev K. Varshney, Jianbin Wang. Voices of biotech research. Nature Biotechnology. 10 March 2021. doi: 10.1038/s41587-021-00847-1.

Kizzmekia S. Corbett. The duty to mentor, be visible and represent. Nature Medicine. 19 October 2020. doi: 10.1038/s41591-020-1122-y

Barney S. Graham & Kizzmekia S. Corbett. Prototype pathogen approach for pandemic preparedness: world on fire. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 01 July 2020;130(7):3348-3349. doi: 10.1172/JCI139601.