U.S. track star Gabby Thomas joins Leidos
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U.S. track star Gabby Thomas was selected for an internship at Leidos, where she’ll pursue her dream of a career in healthcare business.
Why you should know: Thomas, a Harvard University graduate working toward her master’s degree in epidemiology at the University of Texas at Austin, will compete this summer before joining the Leidos healthcare research and development team. Thomas became a star last month when she ran the women’s 200-meters in 21.61 seconds. Only the great Florence Griffith Joyner, who holds the world record, has run faster.
Background: During the pandemic, Thomas decided to pursue her master’s degree in epidemiology at Texas and has completed half of the program. After her track career is over, she said she wants to transition to a role in healthcare policy and someday run a hospital.
Thomas, who majored in neurobiology for her undergraduate degree at Harvard, is a strong advocate for ending racial disparity in the healthcare system. During her freshman year, she took a class called “Sick and tired of being sick and tired” that fueled her passion to fight health disparities among African-Americans.
The team she’s joining at Leidos researches and develops emerging technology in healthcare, one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy. In the field of epidemiology, the company’s health business conducted clinical trials for COVID-19 therapeutics and has played a significant role in fighting the Ebola virus in West Africa, among other critical work.
From the source: “I’m excited to join a team of innovative leaders in the healthcare field,” Thomas said. “I’m confident this internship will be a great opportunity for me to continue learning how I can make a difference in this space and improve public health at a national and global level.”
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