In addition, the work led to advances in the field of molecular epidemiology. In particular, the jury emphasised the pioneering work Dr. Duraffour had done by carrying out elaborate sequencing in real time. This is because it enables portable rapid sequencing for unknown outbreak pathogens even under simple conditions directly in the outbreak area.
The award winner Dr Sophie Duraffour: "I am very honoured to receive this prestigious award. I thank the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation for this special recognition. At the same time, I would like to sincerely thank my team for their great collaboration and in particular Dr. Liana Kafetzopoulou who made this work possible."