Philip Welkhoff joined the foundation in 2018 as Director of BMGF’s malaria program and has also been leading the Institute for Disease Modeling since 2021. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as a pro bono external advisor to various BMGF programs, including Agriculture Development and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene.
Before originally leaving IDM to join the foundation, Philip served as IDM’s director of research, helping develop computer simulations of malaria, polio, and other disease transmission dynamics to assist public health professionals and other scientists in planning the eradication of different diseases. Philip received a Special Achievement Award by a Hertz Fellow in 2009 for his work on malaria modeling.
He earned dual undergraduate degrees in mathematics and aerospace engineering at The University of Texas, Austin and holds a PhD in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University. At Princeton, his work focused on biophysically-inspired models of neural circuits for perceptual decision-making. He serves on the Board of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation and also serves as a senior fellowship interviewer.