MacArthur Foundation Fellow Awards announcement on Tuesday marks the 40th year the group has given out its awards, fondly known as its "genius" grants.
Trevor Bedford is a computational virologist and professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
His crowd-sourced work on tracking not only where viruses are, but also how quickly they mutate, has proven critical in understanding the nature, danger and trajectory of COVID-19.
Host Robin Young talks to Bedford about his work and the pressure he feels to stop the pandemic.
Here & Now will be checking in this week with various MacArthur Fellows.
This segment aired on September 28, 2021.