Dr. Yen Pottinger Loves Virus, Details and Wikipedia Facts
"I love viruses over organisms like bacteria and parasites.", the microbiologist explains why she is so enchanted by viruses.
Despite Pottinger's lifelong interest in the sciences, her career path diverged little from her aspirations to become a doctor as a youngster. She switched from a chemistry program to a biochemistry program.
She has been working as a senior lab advisor at ICAP Columbia University Senior Technical Advisor for Laboratory Surveillance for seven years since she joined in 2015. Before that, Pottinger served as Microbiologist, HIV Incidence Team Lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.
Pottinger thinks there are countless prospects for research into infectious diseases, from better understanding viruses to expanding the capabilities of clinical laboratories worldwide. "And now with the COVID-19 outbreak, I think it has become apparent to the global community how essential testing and laboratory staff are to understanding the pandemic, getting it under control, and the scientific work we do in the lab will help get us out of the pandemic."