Division of Infection and Immunity


Dr Joe Grove appointed to World Economic Forum Young Scientists Class of 2020

27 May 2020

Dr Joe Grove, has been named as one of the World Economic Forum’s Class of 2020 Young Scientists, a global list of exceptional researchers at the forefront of scientific discovery.

Dr Joe Grove

Each year the World Economic Forum (WEF) selects a group of extraordinary young scientists from a range of academic disciplines across the world to connect them with world leaders and help solve major issues. Dr Grove features among 25 scientists from five continents appointed to the community and is one of only four academics from the UK.

WEF Young Scientists are nominated for their research excellence, leadership potential and commitment to serving society. The scientists, all aged 40 and under, have been selected on the basis of their achievements in expanding the boundaries of knowledge and practical applications of science.

Dr Grove’s lab uses super-resolution imaging and computational simulations, to gain a fundamental understanding of how viruses enter human cells and evade the immune system – research which can inform the design of future therapies and vaccines.

Dr Grove said: “To be selected as a World Economic Forum Young Scientist is a real privilege. I’m really looking forward to engaging with other scientists, business leaders and policy makers from across the world. I hope to promote an evidence-based approach to tackling the various challenges we all face; not least the coronavirus pandemic. Society needs a healthy relationship with science if we are to maintain and expand global prosperity.”

Alice Hazelton, Programme Lead, Science and Society, World Economic Forum said: “We are looking forward to working with the Class of 2020 Young Scientists to help leaders from the public and private sector better engage with science and in doing so, help young researchers become stronger ambassadors for science, which the world needs now and will continue to need post-COVID-19.”



  • Dr Joe Grove