Shi Zhengli Bio, Shi Zhengli Wiki
Shi Zhengli is a renowned virologist, best known for her work with bat coronaviruses at her lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). She discovered the natural bat reservoir for the Sars pathogen that spread in southern China from 2002 to 2003.
Early life, Education
Zhengli was born in May 1964 in Xixia County, Henan. She graduated from Wuhan University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in hereditary biology. She received her master’s degree from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1990, and her Ph.D. from Montpellier 2 University in France in 2000.
Shi Denies Defecting
The Chinese virologist whose work has been the subject of controversial theories about the origin of the novel coronavirus has dismissed rumors that she has defected from China.
She is a renowned researcher of bat coronaviruses, wrote on WeChat on Saturday that she and her family had not fled the country, despite coming under heavy scrutiny amid concerns that the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic had originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in central China where she works.
Chinese state newspaper Global Times said it had confirmed the post had been written by Shi.
“No matter how difficult things are, there will not be a ‘defector’ situation as the rumors have said,” Shi wrote.
“We have not done anything wrong and we continue to have strong faith in science. There must be a day when the clouds part and the sun comes out.”
In a post on her wechat account Wuhan Institute of Virology researcher and expert on bat coronaviruses Shi Zhengli (石正丽) has assured friends that she has and will not defect despite rumours. Global Times has confirmed the post was written by Shi and no-one else… #COVID__19 pic.twitter.com/cl1uxcYJpR
— Not 纪睿 (@jirui90) May 2, 2020
- In 2004 Shi Zhengli found a natural reservoir of coronaviruses in bat caves in southern China.
- Genetic analyses show they have leaped to people several times, causing deadly diseases such as COVID-19.
- Increasing contact between people and wild animals makes more outbreaks likely.