Boris I. Pavlin was born in Serbia and raised and trained in the United States. He attended Brown University and graduated with a degree in biology in 1997. He spent two years working on the Human Genome Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before attending medical school at Vanderbilt University. Boris trained in internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, prior to joining the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, where he served in the viral Special Pathogens Branch. He then completed a specialization in preventive medicine and a Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since 2008 he has been a medical epidemiologist with the World Health Organization, first on the tiny Pacific island of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, and later in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, where he was a co-founder and Resident Advisor of the highly successful Papua New Guinea Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETPNG).
Boris now works at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in the Department of Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment in the WHO Emergencies Programme. He brings his passion for the epidemiology of emerging and epidemic-prone infectious diseases and his expertise in humanitarian epidemiology to the global FETP Enterprise as WHO’s representative on the FETP Learning Advisory Council.
Boris has traveled to more than 65 countries on six continents. He lives near Geneva. He is married and the proud father of one human and two canine children.