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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Philip Bulterys, 2011


Philip Bulterys is a New American

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at UCLA

Philip was born in Los Angeles to a Belgian father and Chinese mother, both of whom were trained in epidemiology and public health. The family moved to Rwanda when Philip was one, but their HIV research was disrupted by the Rwandan genocide. After a decade back in the US, the family moved to Zambia, where Philip completed high school. He returned to Zambia following his freshman and sophomore years of college as a visiting researcher with the Malaria Institute at Macha.

Philip attended Stanford University, where he majored in biology with a concentration in microbes and immunity. He is completed his MD and PhD degrees from the UCLA/Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program.

At Stanfor, Philip served as Director of Education for FACE AIDS, a national student organization, volunteered as a middle-school health tutor, and conducted medical research that has so far produced two published papers in peer-reviewed journals with two in review/preparation. Philip hopes to pursue research on infectious disease transmission, and to serve disadvantaged populations as a physician focusing on children's health.

In August 2011, Philip published a paper in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene entitled "Placental malaria and mother-to-child transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 in rural Rwanda", in which he described an association between placental malaria and increased risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Recently, he submitted a paper to the Journal of Infectious Diseases entitled "Determinants of penicilliosis seasonality in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam", in which he reported his findings on the environmental determinants of Penicillium marneffei infection in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.