Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Sandra Laney

Title Program Officer
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Sandra Laney is a molecular biologist serving as a Program Officer in Global Health Discovery and Translational Sciences.  

She most recently served as the Senior Adviser on Gender, Education and Health in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to Secretary Clinton at the U.S. Department of State.  Sandra’s award-winning accomplishment at the State Department focused on access to high quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for women from countries with a Muslim-majority population around the world.  She created the NeXXt Scholars partnership initiative with 38 U.S. women’s colleges and the New York Academy of Sciences, announced by Secretary Clinton on December 10, 2011. 

Sandra has experience in global health working as both a laboratory and field research scientist on neglected tropical diseases.  She has engaged in capacity building, fieldwork, and operational research in thirteen developing countries in collaboration with the Global Program to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis and the Task Force for Global Health.  Her doctoral work, developing new molecular diagnostic tools detecting infective-stage parasites in mosquitoes, was done jointly at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she also earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences.  Sandra also holds an associate’s degree in visual arts from Quinsigamond Community College.  

Dr. Laney’s interests lie in global health and development, neglected tropical diseases, gender equity, women’s empowerment, and educational opportunities for all. 

Posts By Sandra Laney

The Power of Working Together! Maximizing Benefits by Integrating Neglected Tropical Diseases with other Programs

The power of working together! Maximizing community benefit by integrating NTD and other programs Working together: A more efficient and effective approach at the community level Integrating efforts to reach communities more efficiently

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Let’s Take the “Neglect” out of Neglected Tropical Diseases

In March, we issued a second call for proposals under GCE Round 11 focused on identifying new approaches to the detection, treatment and control of a specific set of NTDs. Specifically, we want your help is discovering better ways to identify and reduce the burden of onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis (LF), soil transmitted helminths (STH), and schistosomiasis.

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