FHSD grad’s efforts help lead to successful COVID-19 vaccine

Posted on 01/06/2021
FHSD Grad's Efforts Help Lead to Successful COVID-19 Vaccine


Francis Howell School District (FHSD) alumna Danielle Meyer first entered the world of science with hopes of helping others after her grandma passed from lymphoma. Little did she know the impact her work would bring.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Danielle’s world changed more than most. Her work shifted its focus to developing a vaccine. And quick.

As a molecular biologist in cell line development at Pfizer, she’s spent much of 2020 working with an international team of people to get a vaccine to clinical trials and then to market.

“Seeing how much the work I do impacts the world, especially right now, is really rewarding,” she said. “When I found out the vaccine received emergency authorization and would be the first to market, I was overwhelmed with joy and hope that COVID-19 would soon be behind us. I was honored to have been able to contribute to the enormous amount of work and to be one of the many scientists that it took to get to this place.”

Her contribution to modern-day medicine doesn’t stop at the COVID-19 vaccine. In the past, she worked to develop a breast cancer drug called Trazimera, by authoring the filings that were submitted to different health agencies around the world.

Danielle graduated from Francis Howell High School in 2000. During her time in the District, she said she has fond memories of Ms. Marti Buchanan’s class, who taught her in both middle and high school. Though Ms. Buchanan didn’t teach science, Danielle says she her classes stood out and helped shape who she is today.

Danielle is nearing 10 years at Pfizer, and she previously worked for Monsanto and Divergence, Inc. She graduated from Washington University with a master’s in chemical biology, and from Lindenwood University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

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