Immigrant workers in the Scientific Research and Development industry represent large shares of the workers who play an integral, longstanding role in the development of vaccines and medicines that prevent infections and cure diseases. In the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas, there are approximately 80,600 workers in the essential Scientific Research and Development industry. Immigrants constitute 28 percent of the region’s workforce in this industry (approximately 22,400). Within the essential Scientific Research and Development industry, the top five occupations with the highest total counts of immigrant workers are: physical scientists (approximately 4,100), life scientists (3,600), managers (1,200), biological scientists (900), and other engineers (700).
Dr. Alessandra Luchini was born and grew up in Italy. She is the Biosciences PhD program director at the School of Systems Biology and an Associate Professor at the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM) at George Mason University.
Thinking about the impact of the pandemic on international collaborations, Alessandra stated: “I am excited to see a flourishing of international collaborations and travel when the COVID restrictions are lifted. Regardless of COVID, I see a reframing of the concept of globalization as it appears that the promise and excitement of globalization have not been fulfilled in their totality. The pandemic has accentuated trends that were already there. We reacted in some way because the times and technology were ready.”