Dr. Carina Tyrrell: From being a beauty queen to fighting coronavirus

09 Oct 2020 | Ana Walia

Carina Tyrrell represented England at the Miss World 2014 on 14th December 2014 at the ExCeL London in London, United Kingdom and was adjudged as the third runner-up at the end of the event finale. She was also adjudged as the winner of Miss United Kingdom 2014 award. She is the most successful Miss England contestant ever, having won four of the ten qualifying rounds in the final of the competition, including the swimwear round. She is best known for making international news for being the first woman, from one of the world's top universities, to participate in the beauty competition.

The beauty queen surprised the world with her role as a doctor and currently is fighting the coronavirus as she is one of the researchers who is working on the Oxford vaccine. The vaccine for coronavirus is already in its phase 3 and is the most important project that is being carried out on European soil, using an attenuated version of the cold virus common of chimpanzees. There are 38 others that have passed it and are in the clinical phase, with tests in humans. Of these, nine are in phase 3, the most advanced.



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On top of her research for the vaccine Carina is at the forefront of a study into a blood-taking device that will allow people to take a Covid antibody test at home, as well as an app that tracks heart rate, breathing and temperature with the aim of detecting the virus before symptoms develop.

Born in Switzerland, Carina has studied medicine at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge where she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Cambridge) in 2012, Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB BChir) degree in 2016, and later in 2019 she obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Cambridge. When she graduated, Carina mentioned, “I'm really thrilled to have got my degree and am looking forward to starting my job as a doctor. It’s what I have always wanted to do. I’m a little nervous about it as I’ll have a lot of responsibility but I want to be the best doctor that I can be.”



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The diva is a women's rights advocate, who believes that women should be able to make their own choices and that women and men should collaborate to support one another. The diva also supports various charities and her Beauty with a Purpose charity project for Miss World was in aid of the homeless. She has slept rough on the streets to raise awareness of homelessness and is an ambassador, for homeless charities, in both Oxford and Cambridge. She has spent time working at the World Health Organization developing leadership and international-relations skills.

Carina’s research interests include global health infections and outbreak response, where she published a paper on identifying and managing emerging respiratory viruses during time spent with the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network.

Dr. Carina has co-founded a company and works in health policy, global health, and health tech, is a healthcare and life sciences investor. She continues to publish, sit on panels, and give talks and interviews on these subjects’ areas. Tyrell is a philanthropist and ambassador for multiple charities.