Emory researcher Laurel Bristow has been on the inside of the Covid pandemic since day one. Focusing on inpatient treatments, surveillance, and long-term studies, she has shared insights with her 450,000 Instagram followers (@laurel__bristow). “I want people to understand the burden of the disease. When we take care of the most vulnerable of our population, everyone benefits,” Bristow says.
On the inside of a pandemic: I started sharing science communication on Instagram to help people understand what they were seeing in the news. I had a clear sense of purpose—to give people information so they can make the best choices for themselves.
On women in science: I have been very lucky to have had only one male boss. I have been able to see myself reflected along the way.
Spring closet essentials: Jorts, high-waisted jeans, crop top, leather jacket
Make or buy: Make (pants are my favorite)
You as a historical figure: Dr. Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park—he’s cool, kind of annoying, and ultimately right
Style muse: Dakota Johnson
Grammys or Oscars: Oscars
Favorite accessory: Sunglasses
Heels or flats: Clogs—I love a chunky wooden heel.
This article appears in our June 2022 issue.