Dr. Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D is the founding Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor of the Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also chief of a new Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. He is also president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and the Baker Institute Fellow in Disease and Poverty at Rice University.
Dr. Hotez is an internationally-recognized clinician and investigator 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, diseases affecting hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide. The hookworm vaccine is currently in clinical trials. In 2006, he co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Clinton Global Initiative, contributing to improving access to essential medicines for more than 100 million people.
He currently serves as principal investigator for research grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Dutch government, and NIH, as well as co-principal investigator for a research grant from the Carlos Slim Health Institute.