My Style: Emory researcher Laurel Bristow

The researcher, who became an Instagram star during the pandemic for her down-to-earth explanations of Covid-19, shares a few of her favorite things

Laurel Bristow
Bristow is wearing a Unity Press T-shirt, Esby jeans, Target socks, and Modern Vice boots. Her jewelry is by Snash Jewelry, Erica Weiner, Margaret Cross, and Fashion Brand Company

Photograph by Ben Rollins

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.

Science homework 101: Bad Science by Ben Goldacre and Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright

ATL hangouts: Brother Moto (RIP), Gaja Korean Bar, Kimball House

Spring closet essentials: Jorts, high-waisted jeans, crop top, leather jacket

Make or buy: Make (pants are my favorite)

ATL shopping: Kudzu and Highland Row

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.