Dr. Sara Sawyer is a Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder (USA). She has received national and international prizes in virology. During his U.S. Presidency, Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House. In 2022, she received the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer award. She serves as a Senior Editor at the journal eLIFE, and as a government consultant on the topic of pandemic preparedness. In 2020, she co-founded Darwin Biosciences, an infectious disease diagnostics company located in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Sawyer earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University. She studies animal viruses that infect humans.