When Business Insider sent out a call to recognize young scientists and health care workers fueling change on the frontlines of America's health care system, it received hundreds of nominations. From those, it chose 30 leaders under 40 whose efforts stand out as they work to transform U.S. health care.
One of those standouts is Elitza Theel, Ph.D., who directs Mayo Clinic’s Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory. Dr. Theel has been instrumental in Mayo Clinic’s laboratory innovations and activities during the global pandemic. Her research interests include developing new serologic assays, and evaluating serologic testing methods to aid in the diagnosis of bacterial, viral, and fungal infectious diseases.
What caught the attention of Business Insider, in particular, was Dr. Theel's work this year on COVID-19 testing. Since the pandemic hit, she's spent a great deal of time vetting antibody tests that various companies have in production. Some of the test makers have made changes to their tests based on Dr. Theel's feedback.
Dr. Theel also has set up a COVID-19 testing program at Mayo Clinic, and she's advised government officials about testing and lab operations.