2020 Bostonian of the Year: Dr. Galit Alter

December 10, 2020
Dr Galit Alter

The HU CFAR is well aware that Dr. Galit Alter is an unprecedented collaborator and now everyone knows.

Boston Globe articles: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/12/10/magazine/2020-bostonians-year/


"Galit Alter usually spends her time pinpointing how the human immune system responds to diseases, but in March she took on a new role: arm-twister. “What I basically started doing was e-mailing people 50 times a day to get them to agree to do a five-minute talk,” says Alter, a professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School and a researcher at the Ragon Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Alter, 43, began her cajoling as coleader of one of the working groups for the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness, which gathered hundreds of scientists, clinicians, and public health experts across the state and in China. Her section of the program includes 185 scientists looking at how exactly the SARS-CoV-2 virus causes disease and how our immune systems respond. “I literally made every single person in this consortium present [research],” she says.