Professor Christiane Berger-Schaffitzel named the 'Coolest Person in Bristol'
12 October 2020
The School of Biochemistry Professor earns the top spot in the Bristol Cool List 2020.
The Bristol Post has put together a list of the city's 41 coolest people, and this year it has been topped by the School of Biochemistry's Professor Christiane Berger-Schaffitzel.
The Berger-Schaffitzel lab recently had a breakthrough in their COVID-19 work. The team discovered a druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein that could be used to stop the virus from infecting human cells. This is a potential 'game changer' in defeating the current pandemic, as small molecule anti-viral drugs developed to target the pocket they discovered could help eliminate COVID-19.
The Bristol Post article says "The life of every single person in Bristol changed fundamentally, or was impacted, by the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic...so suddenly, the people doing the expert work trying to find ways to beat a virus became very cool indeed".
Other people in this year's list include historian, Professor David Olusoga, and England rugby player, Ellis Genge.