Monday, March 1, 2010

Philip Bulterys is accepted to UCLA MD/PhD program!

Philip Bulterys, a fourth-year undergraduate in the lab, was just accepted into the extremely prestigious UCLA MD/PhD program (MSTP). Philip grew up in pre-genocide Rwanda and attended high school in Lusaka, Zambia. His parents are both medical epidemiologists and Philip became interested in public health at an early age. As a high school student he volunteered in the malnutrition ward of the University Teaching Hospital, initiated a street-kids project with friends, and conducted a microbial water quality study to look for fecal coliforms in a local community’s drinking water. He has also participated in the emergency response to the HIV epidemic - the response partly led by Philip's parents. He is firmly and passionately committed to public health and understanding, preventing, and curing infectious disease. Philip is currently working on an HIV evolution project and hopes to continue studying the evolution and transmission of infectious diseases throughout his training and career. We are all extremely proud and extend our congratulations for an honor and an opportunity that is so richly deserved.

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