Irene Dedoussi may be in the Netherlands as an Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology, but her research into combustion emissions from airplanes and automobiles has global implications. Her work contributed to the first peer-reviewed assessment of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and she recently authored a highly acclaimed paper linking air pollution, including combustion emissions, to premature deaths in the United States.
Dedoussi is just one of the many scientists, researchers and founders on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Healthcare and Science list. This year’s list is a collection of thinkers, dreamers and innovators from across Europe who are driving innovation and discovery from genetics to outer space. This includes talented people working within Europe, as well as Europeans who have taken their skills around the world.
Take Moises Exposito-Alonso for example; during his childhood in southern Spain, he watched climate change alter Mediterranean forests into dry desert. Now, he leads a research lab at Stanford in California where he uses genomics to predict plant species’ vulnerabilities to climate change.
Other listmakers are doing research for when we leave this planet and go into outer space. At the European Space Agency, research fellows Beth Lomax and Alexandre Meurisse opened the agency’s first oxygen plant, where they study how to extract usable, breathable oxygen from moondust.
These incredible listmakers are focused on the outside world, but we also have a host of talented listmakers focused on the inside world— our bodies and our health. Kunal Garg, for example, is tackling the often-overlooked problem of tick-borne diseases. While many people have heard of Lyme disease, ticks can actually carry a host of other parasites, bacteria and viruses that can infect humans. Garg and his cofounder have created a diagnostic test called TICKPLEX that can identify 15 microbes from ticks and help patients get faster treatment.
Several of our listmakers are looking at cancer, and finding ways to help both doctors and patients. Liberty Foreman is one of the founders of DynamX Medical, a cancer diagnostics company. Meanwhile at Vinehealth, cofounder Georgina Kirby can help cancer patients with their quality of life.
There are also multiple listmakers working to improve the long process of drug discovery. Sano Genetics cofounders Patrick Short and William Jones support precision medicine research by connecting patients to clinical trials based on their genes. ProteinQure cofounders Tomas Babej and Mark Fingerhuth are using a novel computational platform to discover new protein therapeutics. And Cambridge Assistant Professor Alpha Lee is designing machine learning algorithms to find new drugs.
These are only a few of the incredible people on this year’s list. Be sure to read up on all of them.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Science and Healthcare list was created using nominations from a variety of sources and was reported and edited by Leah Rosenbaum with help from Robin Andrews. The expert judges for this category were Nicolas Walter, CEO of the European Science Foundation; Geraldine O’Keeffe, partner at Life Science Partners; Xavier Barcons, Director General of the European Southern Observatory; and Priyanka Joshi, a researcher at University of Cambridge and a former Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe alumni. Thank you to them and everyone who nominated candidates.
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