Dr. Gilbert Sait-Jean, PhD,

 Born and raised in Miami, FL, Dr. Saint Jean is a son of Haitian immigrants. He earned a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with a focus on evolutionary genetics from the University of Notre Dame. As alluded to prior, applying science to address real world problems is an interest of Dr. Saint Jean, during his tenure as a graduate student at Notre Dame this interest was supported for him by a GLOBES Fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Saint Jean’s involvement in Haiti focused activities includes his post-doctoral work during which he was awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research to complement Haiti's ongoing efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis/elephantiasis and iodine deficiency disorder. Among the outcomes of this work was providing insight to ongoing lymphatic filariasis transmission in Northwest Haiti for Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and the Population (MSPP-Haiti). MSPP-Haiti lymphatic filariasis elimination effort which partners with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) and USAID was made more efficient as a result of his work.

Dr. Gilbert Saint-Jean, PhD, Chairman