Philip Welkhoff leads all research efforts at IDM and is the Senior Director of Research of the IDM disease modeling team at Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good Fund. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in Applied and Computational Mathematics,and has dual undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. At Princeton, Philip’s work focused on computational neuroscience and biophysics-motivated models of decision making. Also while at Princeton, he began working on malaria and mathematical models of disease transmission.
Philip’s interest in disease transmission, particularly malaria, began early on. As a child, he frequently suffered from malaria while growing up at a humanitarian hospital on the north coast of Haiti. In 2009, Philip received a SpecialAchievement Award by a Hertz Fellow for his work on malaria modeling. He also serves on the board of directors for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation and as an interviewer for its graduate fellowship program. Additionally, he serves as an external reviewer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and as a pro bono external advisor for BMGF programs in Global Health and Global Development. Beyond modeling disease eradication, Philip’s research interests include technologies for improved public health in the developing world, as well as other global development issues,such as vaccine delivery, developing world nutrition and agriculture, and improved sanitation.