CFR Welcomes New Fellows on Global Health and on China

August 13, 2020

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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes three new fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program: Luciana Borio, Julian Gewirtz, and Jennifer Nuzzo.  
 
Luciana Borio will join as senior fellow for global health in September. At CFR, she will direct a roundtable series on global health and will contribute to CFR’s website, ThinkGlobalHealth.org.  
 
Borio is currently vice president at In-Q-Tel, a strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the United States intelligence communities, as well as an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She was previously acting chief scientist of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the assistant commissioner for counterterrorism policy. At the FDA, Borio helped develop and execute the agency’s medical countermeasures and public health responses to the 2009–10 H1N1 flu pandemic, the 2014–16 Ebola outbreak, and the 2015–16 Zika outbreak. She then served as director for medical and biodefense preparedness at the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019, where she was a member of the pandemic response team. There, she coordinated the response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, led efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance, and helped craft an executive order to modernize U.S. influenza vaccines. Borio also helped initiate the U.S. government’s National Influenza Vaccine Modernization Strategy 2020–2030, which was published in 2020. Borio earned her MD at the George Washington University, completed a residency in internal medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and pursued a combined fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins and critical care at the National Institutes of Health. 
 
Julian Gewirtz joins as senior fellow for China studies this month. At CFR, he will conduct research to advance the discussion of China’s domestic evolution and its impact on the world, and will host a roundtable series on these topics.  
 
Gewirtz joins CFR from Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs where he is an Academy Scholar. For the 2020–21 academic year, he will also be a research scholar at the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, and a lecturer at Columbia University. Gewirtz is the author of Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China (Harvard University Press, 2017) and of the forthcoming The Remaking of China: Myth, Modernization, and the Tumult of the 1980s (Harvard University Press, 2021). He earned his BA from Harvard College and his PhD in history from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. From 2015 to 2016, he was on leave from Oxford to serve in the Barack Obama administration, concluding his service as special advisor for international affairs to the deputy secretary of energy. 
 
Jennifer Nuzzo will join as senior fellow for global health in September. At CFR, she will direct a roundtable series on global health and will contribute to ThinkGlobalHealth.org
 
Nuzzo is a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She directs the Outbreak Observatory, which conducts operational research to improve outbreak preparedness and response, and is the lead epidemiologist for the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative. An epidemiologist by training, her work focuses on global health security, with a particular focus on outbreak detection and response; health systems at they relate to health security; international and domestic biosurveillance; and infectious disease diagnostics. Previously, she conducted research related to the Affordable Care Act, tuberculosis control, foodborne outbreaks, and water security. In 2002 and 2003, she worked as a public health epidemiologist for the City of New York. She has served as a consultant to the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee, as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC), and as a member of the NDWAC’s Water Security Working Group. She served as a project advisor for the American Water Works Association Research Foundation (now called the Water Research Foundation), a primary funding organization for drinking water research in the United States. She has also been consulted on pandemic planning efforts in the Republic of Indonesia and Taiwan. Nuzzo earned her BS in environmental sciences from Rutgers University, an SM in environmental health from Harvard University, and a a DrPH in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 
 
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