Dr Senjuti Saha, a Bangladeshi scientist at the Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF), will be speaking at the third annual Gates Goalkeepers event in New York on Wednesday.
Dr Senjuti will be speaking before 400 policy and government influencers, activists, media, and business leaders including Bill Gates at the event, CHRF said in a statement.
She believes in “science by and for the many, not the few”. And her focus is on paediatric preventable infectious diseases, with the goals of using state-of-the art technology like metagenomics to identify aetiologies that elude standard laboratory testing and understanding the indirect impacts of interventions like vaccines on the overall health system, the statement adds.
The session, “Changing the Odds with Bill Gates”, will be livestreamed on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Facebook channel.
After finishing her school years at Dhaka's Bangladesh International Tutorial, Dr Senjuti went to Canada to complete an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, followed by a doctoral degree in Molecular Genetics, both at the University of Toronto.
She had been working as a social worker evaluating the social burden of meningitis (an infection of the brain) on children who have to live with life-long disability. Towards the end of her PhD, she decided to move back to Bangladesh and continue her work on meningitis as a microbiologist.
Goalkeepers is an initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to bring together leaders from around the world to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.