Dr. Thomas Cherian is a scientist in the Initiative for Vaccine Research at the World Health Organization, Geneva. He coordinates a team responsible for research on vaccines against respiratory and vector borne pathogens. He is recognized as an expert in the field on acute respiratory infections. Before joining WHO, Dr. Cherian was a Professor of Pediatrics at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India and was on the faculty of that institution from 1985 to 2002. He is also a Senior Associate in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore.
Dr. Cherian did his medical and post graduate training in Pediatrics at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Subsequently, he did a Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA. He is the recipient of the Rev. Fr. Lourdu Yedanapallli Award for Outstanding Research from the Christian Medical College, Vellore and was elected as a Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences in India in view of his contributions to the field.
Dr. Cherian has served on several important committees, both at the national level in India as well as internationally. He has authored/co-authored over 90 scientific articles and book chapters.
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