Dr. Carina Joeis, age 35, from Indonesia, she is a senior research scientist in vaccine development focusing on viral vector vaccines at the University of Oxford. Before joining Oxford’s ranks, she held a pivotal role within CSIRO’s Manufacturing department from 2012 to 2019. During this period, her projects spanned a diverse spectrum, encompassing the manufacture of monoclonal antibodies, innovative protein-based antigens, vaccines, viruses, and cells. This multidisciplinary effort seamlessly translated lab discoveries into pre-clinical, clinical, and commercial phases.
Since 2019, Dr. Joe has been at the helm as the lead scientist, steering the process development for large-scale cGMP manufacturing of the groundbreaking Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Her team’s exceptional dedication led to the unprecedented rapid development of this lifesaving vaccine. The fruits of their labor are exemplified by the widespread adoption of their manufacturing technology in GMP facilities worldwide, facilitating global clinical trials and the equitable distribution of vaccines to 189 countries. The profound impact of their work is evidenced by the administration of over 3 billion vaccine doses, resulting in countless lives saved.
Undeterred by the monumental success of the COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Joe’s unwavering commitment to public health is evidenced by her involvement in projects such as the development of rabies and Ebola vaccines. The latter’s rapid deployment to Uganda within a mere two weeks to counter an Ebola outbreak exemplifies her exceptional dedication and expertise.
Dr. Joe’s exceptional contributions have not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by her extensive list of accolades. These include the prestigious Young Investigator Award 2022 by Vaccines, recognition as a crucial member of The Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Team, which earned the Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation & Engagement Award and the Copley Medal for their rapid COVID-19 vaccine development. She was also named an Inspiring Woman 2022 by Forbes Indonesia, received the Women of the Year Award 2021 by Times Indonesia, and was honored as a Scientific Breakthrough by Metro TV. Her contributions have been celebrated by esteemed platforms like the Mirror’s Pride of Britain Award and numerous other accolades.
Dr. Carina Joe’s transformative work in vaccine development, her unyielding dedication to public health, and her remarkable array of accolades stand as a testament to her unwavering commitment to shaping a healthier and more resilient world.