Dr. Peter J. Hotez
Member of the Brockman Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Peter J. Hotez is a Member of the Brockman Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he is also the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics.
He is also Senior Fellow of the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Policy, at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Hotez is an internationally-recognised physician-scientist in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development. He leads the only product development partnership for developing new vaccines for hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease, and SARS/MERS, diseases affecting hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide. In 2006 at the Clinton Global Initiative he co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for hundreds of millions of people.
He obtained his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biophysics from Yale University in 1980 (Phi Beta Kappa), followed by a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from New York City’s Rockefeller University in 1986, and an M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College, also in New York, in 1987. Dr. Hotez has authored more than 400 original papers and is the author of the acclaimed Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases (ASM Press) and the recently released Blue Marble Health: An Innovative Plan to Fight Diseases of the Poor amid Wealth (Johns Hopkins University Press).
Dr. Hotez served previously as President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and he is founding Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine – IOM) in the United States, and in 2011 he was awarded the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health by the Pan American Health Organization of the WHO.
In 2014 the White House and US State Department selected Dr. Hotez as United States Science Envoy. In this role he focuses on building science diplomacy initiatives between the US Government and countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
In 2015, Prof. Hotez emerged as a major national thought leader on the Zika epidemic in the Western Hemisphere and globally. He was among the first to predict Zika’s emergence in the US and is called upon frequently to testify before the US Congress. He has been appointed to serve on Texas Governor Abbott’s Task Force, and appears frequently on television (including BBC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC), radio, and in newspaper interviews (including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal).