Kizzmekia Corbett

From NC Project Seed Student to Leading Covid-19 Researcher

Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, a native North Carolinian, is a  research fellow and the scientific lead for the Coronavirus Vaccines & Immunopathogenesis Team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Research Center (VRC).  A viral immunologist, Dr. Corbett’s expertise, along with her team, developed the mRNA-1273 from viral sequence data that was used by their industry partner, Moderna, Inc. for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Corbett is also an involved member of the NIH Fellows Committee and promotes STEM education and vaccine awareness. In June she will join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as an assistant professor in the Department of  Immunology and Infectious Diseases. She will also hold an appointment at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute as the Shutzer Assistant Professor.


Information from:

American Society for Microbiology. Biographies. Retrieved June 2, 2021, from Biographies/Kizzmekia-S-Corbett,-Ph-D

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Press Release. (May 11, 2021). Leading coronavirus scientist, Kizzmekia S. Corbett, to join Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to continue vaccine development research.  Retrieved June 1, 2021, from