P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Pardis C. Sabeti, 2001

Professor, Harvard University and T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Pardis C. Sabeti is an immigrant from Iran

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

Dr. Pardis Sabeti is a Professor at Harvard University, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Her computational genomic lab has contributed to widely varying fields — including human evolutionary biology, viral sequencing, information theory, rural disease surveillance and education efforts in West Africa. They aim to create comprehensive approaches for detecting, containing, and treating deadly infectious diseases, including Lassa virus, Ebola virus, Zika virus, and Babesiosis microtia. She has invested in capacity building and education throughout, enabling the first diagnosis of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, training over seventy African scientists through summer-long educational programs, and establishing genome centers in West Africa. Dr. Sabeti completed her undergraduate degree at MIT, her graduate work at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and her medical degree summa cum laude from Harvard Medical School as a Soros Fellow. Sabeti has received numerous awards and honors including World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, the National Academy of Sciences Richard Lounsbery Award, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Natural Science, TIME magazine “Person of the Year” as one of the Ebola fighters, TIME’s 100 Most Influential. She is also the host of ‘Against All Odds’ included as part of AP stats classes nationwide, and is the lead singer of the rock band Thousand Days.

  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2006
  • DPhil Biological Anthropology | University of Oxford 2002
  • MSc Human Biology | University of Oxford 1998
  • BS Biology | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1997
  • TIME magazine ‘Person of the Year’ as one of the Ebola fighters
  • Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise
  • NIH Innovator Award
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Natural Science
Work History
  • Harvard University and T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Professor
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