P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Shelli Farhadian, 2007

Fellow in Infectious Diseases, Yale School of Medicine

Shelli Farhadian is the child of immigrants from Iran

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD/PhD in Medicine and Molecular Biology at Cornell University and Rockefeller University

Shelli Farhadian is a fellow in Infectious Diseases at Yale School of Medicine.

Shelli's parents fled Iran after the Shah's fall and reside in New York City.

Shelli was awarded a Soros fellowship to support her MD/Ph.D studies at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Rockefeller University. She earned a BS in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003, and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to India to conduct genetics research.

 Shelli founded the Cornell Center for Human Rights, a medical clinic that evaluates asylum applicants for physical and psychological signs of torture. She continues this work at the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine.

  • MD Medicine | Cornell University 2012
  • PhD Molecular Biology | Rockefeller University 2012
  • BS Mathematics | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2003
  • Fulbright US Student Program recipient
Work History
  • Yale School of Medicine, Fellow in Infectious Diseases
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