Katalin Kariko won the Nobel Prize in Medicine on Oct. 2 for the role she played in developing COVID vaccines. Dr. Elliot Barnathan, a Jewish Philadelphian, gave her an opportunity at the University of Pennsylvania when no one else would.
It was in Barnathan’s lab that Kariko began experimenting with the messenger RNA that would later become the essential feature of COVID vaccines. Barnathan will attend the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm in December as Kariko’s guest.
He talked about what she was like as a young scientist with the Jewish Exponent.