Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, viral immunologist and research fellow at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, has gone viral over the past few weeks after the news broke that she is leading the team of scientists working on the COVID-19 vaccine. While many are celebrating the pivotal role that she, as a black woman, is playing in combating the pandemic, Dr. Corbett wants others to know that they are capable of making their mark on the world, too.
In an exclusive interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE, Dr. Corbett shared her journey to the lab and her experience as the scientific lead on the coronavirus vaccine. Listen to the full conversation and get to know the woman who is working tirelessly to respond to America’s health crisis.
Someone once shared a quote with Dr. Corbett that stated that people should be able to describe themselves to others without mentioning what they do for other people.
And in her own words, Dr. Corbett says, “I am Christian. I’m black. I am Southern, I’m an empath. I’m feisty, sassy, and fashionable. That’s kind of how I describe myself. I would say that my role as…