Director, Vaccine Development, Surveillance, and Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases;
Co-Director, Maternal Newborn Child Health Discovery and Tools Program in Global Health
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Zaidi is the director of the Vaccine Development, Surveillance, and Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases programs, as well as a co-director of the Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Discovery & Tools program, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her team’s work is focused on vaccine development for people in the poorest parts of the world, surveillance to identify and address causes of death in children in the most underserved areas, and significantly reducing the adverse consequences of diarrheal and enteric infections on children’s health in low- and middle-income countries.
Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Zaidi was the Ruby and Karim Bahudar Ali Jessani Professor and chair of the department of pediatrics and child health at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. In 2013, she became the first recipient of the $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize for work in one of Karachi’s poverty-stricken fishing communities to save children’s lives. She was nominated as a notable physician of the year in 2014 by Medscape.
Dr. Zaidi obtained her medical degree from the Aga Khan University and completed her residency training in pediatrics and fellowship training in medical microbiology at Duke University in Durham, NC. She undertook further training in pediatric infectious diseases from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and received a master’s degree in tropical public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research has focused on vaccine-preventable illnesses and newborn infections in resource-limited settings, and she has published more than 200 research papers in these areas.
Thursday, April 4
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Thursday, April 4
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM