Kayvan Zanabadi, PhD

U.S. Fellow

Home Institution: Cornell University
Fellowship Site: GHESKIO, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Research Topic: An observational study to improve the quantification of M. tuberculosis during standard anti-tuberculosis therapy

Dr. Zainabadi will spend his fellowship year at GHESKIO Centers in Port-au-Prince under the mentorship of Jean William Pape, MD, Daniel Fitzgerald, MD and Carl Nathan, MD. His research will focus on the role of different Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) populations, particularly those involved in disease persistence, in the etiology of TB and MDR-TB.  

Dr. Zainabadi is a Global Health Fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College. He earned his PhD in molecular biology from MIT and performed his post-doctoral studies at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. After finishing his PhD, Dr. Zainabadi spent one year in India where he put his training to use by developing novel urine-based tests for cervical cancer detection. Upon completing his post-doctoral studies, he spent two years in Myanmar establishing a molecular epidemiology lab at the Ministry of Health, where his team ultimately screened over 30,000 dried blood spots for the presence of asymptomatic malaria infection and drug resistance markers. 

Dr. Zainabadi plans to use his background to develop novel molecular diagnostics for detection of these populations, and continue his work at the intersection of science and global health, eventually as an independent investigator.