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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Former National Institutes of Health Director Elias Zerhouni has joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a senior fellow in the Global Health Program. In this role, Zerhouni will advise the foundation on a variety of health-related areas, particularly the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, which aims to identify and help solve the scientific problems facing human health worldwide.

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