For a list of Rhodes Scholars involved in medicine and global health, please click here. Please note these lists are not definitive and they are constantly evolving.

Dr Eric Lander (New York & Wolfson 1978)

Dr Lander is one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project, and one of 11 inaugural winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Over the past 15 years, he and his colleagues have created many of the key tools of human genomics and have applied these tools to pioneer new ways to understand the basis of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and inflammatory diseases. in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to co-chair the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

“The genome is a fossil record, a landscape, a whole geography of distributions. The thing about the human genome that most surprised me was how many amazing stories there were in it. You might think the genome's just a boring string of letters, like reading the ones and zeros on your hard disk, but the genome is a storybook that's been edited for a couple of billion years.”  Dr Eric Lander


Dr Tariro Makadzange (Zimbabwe & Balliol 1999)

Dr Makadzange concentrates her research on HIV/AIDS in Africa and has run an HIV treatment programme in one of the largest hospitals in Harare.

“When I received the Rhodes Scholarship, I was a young medical student who wanted to do HIV research in Africa and at that time very few labs in the US had directs links or much interest in HIV research in Africa (that has changed significantly). But there was a group at Oxford working in Kenya and developing an HIV vaccine. Receiving the Scholarship profoundly changed my career pathway, widened my vision and opened doors and opportunities. But most importantly allowed me to be inspired by amazing peers from all over the world, many of whom remain very dear friends.  There are so few things at that age and stage in life that can have such a profound impact.”  Dr Tariro Makadzange 


Dr Salim Yusuf (India & St John's 1976)

Originally a Rhodes Scholar from India, Dr Yusuf is President-elect of the World Heart Federation. His research has been focused on changing how cardiovascular disease is treated and prevented through large-scale clinical trials. Salim is recognised for determining the risk factors for heart disease and stroke. His large-scale studies involving tens of thousands of patients in dozens of countries have changed the way some of the world's most deadly health conditions are prevented, treated and managed, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and blood clots.

Salim has published more than 800 articles in refereed journals, rising to the second most cited researcher in the world for 2011. At the World Heart Federation he is initiating an Emerging Leaders programme in 100 countries with the aim of halving the cardio-vascular disease burden globally within a generation.  He was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in April 2014. 


Dr Pardis Sabeti (Florida & New College 1997)

Associate Professor at the Centre for Systems Biology at Harvard University and in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease at Harvard School of Public Health, and a Senior Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Professor Sabeti developed a breakthrough algorithm that allows geneticists to scan for genes that reveal natural selection at work.

“With a background in Computational genetics and medicine, I work to develop analytical methods and use rapidly emerging genomic resources to study evolutionary adaptation in humans and the microbes that cause human disease. My lab’s main areas of research are studying natural selection in humans, identifying and characterizing the underlying functional changes that have shaped our species over time; investigating host and microbe evolution of the devastating disease Lassa virus, Plasmodium falciparum malaria, Ebola virus, and Vibrio cholerae  holera.” Dr Pardis Sabeti 



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