Eva Harris, PhD

“One puts the knowledge and resources in the hands of people to examine their own problems and develop solutions, counting on the best of what the world has to offer. That’s what global health is about - solutions for local problems around the globe.”

Eva Harris is the Faculty Director of the Center for Global Public Health and Professor of Infectious Disease at UC Berkeley. Through her research, Harris has pioneered multidisciplinary approaches to study the molecular virology, pathogenesis, immunology, and epidemiology of Dengue, the most prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease in humans. In 1997, Harris received a MacArthur Fellowship for her pioneering work and as an ardent advocate of improving the health of vulnerable populations through research and sustainable, local-based solutions, has since worked extensively in Nicaragua and in other endemic Latin American countries as a preeminent researcher and advocate of sustainable local solutions for critical public health challenges.

Harris established the Center for Global Public Health during her tenure as Associate Dean for Research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and is also the founder and President of the Sustainable Sciences Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that works to improve public health in developing countries by building local capacity for scientific research on infectious diseases.