Kristen Panthagani, MD, PhD, Contributing Writer

Yale New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT

Dr. Panthagani 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 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. Dr. Panthagani graduated from the Medical Scientist Training 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. She is currently a resident physician and Yale Emergency Scholar at Yale New Haven Hospital, completing a combined Emergency Medicine residency and research fellowship. She lives with her husband and adorable pandemic puppy in New Haven, Connecticut.

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