Camilla Pang: “Carry on – it will be worth it.”


British researcher Camilla Pang challenges supposedly established norms. She holds a PhD in bioinformatics – and is autistic. At the GDI Trend Day on 10 March 2021, Pang explained why this comes with its own advantages.  

“I am never going to be finished getting to know people, and I probably wouldn’t want it any other way,” says British researcher and author Camilla Pang.

Pang was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. For her, this comes with its own advantages: “My autism had the advantage of making me immune to peer pressure.”

As a doctor of bioinformatics Pang researches “how human psychology can meander beyond the norm.”
When confronted with problems, she advises: “Carry on – it will be worth it.” And if you’re challenged by the system? “That’s just a reminder that you’re built to make a new one.”

With her book “Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us about Life, Love and Relationships,” Pang wrote “the manual I always needed to understand human behaviour.” The book won the Royal Society’s Science Book Prize and was named one of the best natural science books of 2020 by "The Guardian". In a video, Camilla Pang explains how she wrote the book "unintentionally”:

Today, Pang works as a researcher for a pharmaceutical company. During the pandemic she has been volunteering with the UCL lab to help research Covid-19.