Kristen Panthagani, MD, PhD is a physician-scientist and science communicator. She ventured into the world of science communication as a senior PhD student in March 2020, just as the pandemic was hitting the US in full force. Watching family and friends struggle to make sense of the quickly changing landscape of the pandemic, she started sharing simple explanations and data visualizations on Facebook answering common pandemic questions. The response to these posts was overwhelming and revealed a major need for easy-to-understand science explanations that can be shared easily on social media. Aiming to address this need, she founded You Can Know Things to help explain the science of the pandemic in a way everybody can understand, with an emphasis on addressing confusing pandemic topics and rumors. Her work has reached millions around the world and has been featured in the New York Times, Vox, El Mundo, Dear Pandemic, and Inside Medicine. Dr. Panthagani graduated from the Medical Scientist Training (MD/PhD) Program at Baylor College of Medicine in 2021, receiving a PhD in Genetics and Genomics in 2020 for her thesis work studying the human microbiome and the health impacts of Hurricane Harvey. This summer she will begin residency training in Emergency Medicine through the Yale Emergency Scholar program.
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