Dr. Lori Ferrins is a Research Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. Her research is focused around the identification of lead compounds for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases. These diseases typically affect those in some of the poorest parts of the world. Given the limited potential for pharmaceutical companies to recover related R&D expenses, this is a significant opportunity for academic groups to play a key role in the identification of new therapeutics for these diseases.

Lori has also been involved with the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) since early 2017, first as the Chair of the Public Outreach subcommittee and more recently as the Vice-Chair of the organization. IYCN is aimed at connecting chemists who are in the early stages of their career, including anyone under the age of 35, or those who are within five years of their terminal degree. The goal is to reach like-minded scientists and create a platform for scientific exchange; with a focus on building a global network, IYCN is working to spread scientific knowledge, mentorship, and encourage a passion for chemistry in all.