Prof. Yanis Ben Amor is the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Microbiological Sciences and a member of the Secretariat of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission. Prof. Ben Amor has created the Tropical Laboratory Initiative, a program launched by Columbia University to promote diagnostic services to patients in remote rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. He is a molecular biologist and technical advisor responsible for developing effective infectious diseases control programs and designing and implementing comprehensive laboratory infrastructures and services. He joined Professor Sachs’ team in 2004.

Dr. Ben Amor has over 20 years of research experience in infectious diseases, mainly tuberculosis, HIV and now COVID-19. He was involved in many projects all over the world, conducting research on new diagnostic tests for tuberculosis and HIV as well as improving quality of care and access to tuberculosis and HIV treatment for patients in developing countries and has previously worked for several organizations such as the Pasteur Institute (Paris, France). Dr. Ben Amor has also created several Digital Health tools, particularly for tuberculosis patients to facilitate their adherence, for HIV positive mothers to help them prevent vertical transmission of the virus, for malaria control programs to monitor use of resources for an effective control strategy, and more recently, for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan to provide health information and healthcare access. 

Dr. Ben Amor has a PhD in Molecular Biology. He has published widely in infectious diseases, global health, and prevention. He is also regularly a speaker on behalf of Columbia University and the Earth Institute at various conferences worldwide.

Research & Publications

March 2016|Emerging Infectious Diseases|Yanis Ben Amor, Timothy Sullivan

The Global Introduction of New Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Drugs: Balancing Regulation with Urgent Patient Needs

June 2015|The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene|Yanis Ben Amor, Sarah Jane Snidal, Genevieve Barnard, Emmanuel Atuhairwe

Use of eCompliance, an Innovative Biometric System for Monitoring of Tuberculosis Treatment in Rural Uganda

February 2015|BMC Public Health|Yanis Ben Amor, Chibulu Luo, Casey Iiams-Hauser, Ivy Mushamiri

Evaluation of the Impact of a Mobile Health System on Adherence to Antenatal and Postnatal Care and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Programs in Kenya

December 2014|BMC International Health and Human Rights|Yanis Ben Amor, Tracy Slagle, Mehdi Ben Youssef, Golda Calonge

Lessons from Africa: Developing a Global Human Rights Framework for Tuberculosis Control and Prevention