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Indian American Dr. Nahid Bhadelia Joins White House COVID-19 Response Team as Senior Policy Advisor

Indian American Dr. Nahid Bhadelia Joins White House COVID-19 Response Team as Senior Policy Advisor

  • She is taking a sabbatical from her role as associate professor of infectious diseases, at BU School of Medicine for the duration of the full-time position.

Indian American infectious diseases physician Dr. Nahid Bhadelia has joined the White House COVID-19 Response Team as a senior policy advisor for global COVID response, as reported by Boston University‚Äôs The Brink. The White House COVID-19 Response Team was established by President Joe Biden to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. It is currently led by White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha. 

Bhadelia was born in India and grew up in Sweden and Saudi Arabia, She came to the United States as a young teenager. A BU School of Medicine associate professor of infectious diseases, she is the founder of Boston University‚Äôs Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy & Research (CEID). She is taking a sabbatical for the duration of the full-time position, The Brink report said. 

Bhadelia brings a broad global health background to the White House position. She worked in West and East Africa during multiple Ebola virus outbreaks, contributed to pandemic preparedness in Liberia and Uganda, and co-directs the BU and University of Liberia Emerging and Epidemic Virus Research Program, which is funded by the Fogarty International Center. She’s also a member of the World Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group for Universal Health and Preparedness Review, which is working to improve the metrics used to measure pandemic preparedness.

Since founding CEID in 2021, Bhadelia has grown it into a hub for research and actionable policies‚ÄĒthe center has contributed to congressional hearings, advised legislative offices, prepared policy briefs, and provided input on pandemic preparedness bills.

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In addition to her role at CEID, she is the associate director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), a state-of-the-art maximum containment research facility at BU.

(Top photo by Jackie Ricciardi, courtesy BU Today)

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