Scientist. Athlete. Professional researcher. San Francisco resident Amy Diallo is a competitive runner and biochemist from the Bordeaux region of France. She also spent three years in Paris, where she received her PhD in Molecular Biology and Structural Biology.
After completing her PhD, Amy moved to San Francisco in 2017 to study infectious diseases and drug discovery. Until 2020, she studied pathogens like streptococcus and malaria, before switching her focus to meet the sudden need for information about COVID-19. She began working long hours on the front lines of scientific research, testing the infectiousness of newly appearing COVID-19 strains.
Amy started running in high school, and came to appreciate it as a form of stress relief while getting her PhD. After some experimentation, she found the distance that worked best for her—800 meters. And eventually, what started as a relaxing sport became a more serious passion.
After moving to SF, Amy found her running community with West Valley Track Club. She works with a running coach, runs competitively, and also serves as an ambassador for Run as You Are—a global community working to make running fun and more inclusive.
Like many athletes, Amy’s had ups and downs with her training, having dealt with injuries and all types of race performances. Yet part of the joy of the sport is sharing her appreciation of that journey with others.
Aside from science and running, Amy is passionate about sustainability. She loves cycling and cooking. She’s inspired by female athletes like Allyson Felix, Lindsey Harper and Quanera Hayes, and she’s definitely an inspiration herself!