Yanis Ben Amor

Assistant Professor of Global Health and Microbiological Sciences,

Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Development (CSD)

Columbia Climate School

Affiliated with: M.P.A. in Development Practice

School of International and Public Affairs


Dr. 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. At SIPA, Dr. Ben Amor is teaching the Fall semester course: “Introduction to Global Health”. Dr. Ben Amor is also the Director of the Tropical Laboratory Initiative, a program launched by Columbia to promote access to 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 as well as designing and implementing comprehensive laboratory infrastructures and services. He has joined Professor Sachs’ team in 2004. Dr Ben Amor has over 15 years of research experience in infectious diseases, mainly tuberculosis and HIV. 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 treatment for patients in developing countries and has previously worked for several organizations such as the Pasteur Institute (Paris, France) and the Public Health Research Institute (Newark, New Jersey). Dr. Ben Amor has a PhD in Molecular Biology, and a Masters in the same discipline from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes (Rennes, France). He has published widely in the areas of tuberculosis diagnosis, global health, and prevention. He is also regularly a speaker on behalf of Columbia University and the Earth Institute at various conferences worldwide.


Only select projects listed below
Name Start Date End Date
Analytical Testing Project for Chembio Ebola DPP Assays 8/1/16 6/1/17
Capacity Building, Progress Review in EMTCT; Knowledge Sharing Meeting and Evaluation Report 4/1/13 11/30/13
General Operating Support for the Center for Sustainable Development 11/2/16 10/31/17
Image analysis of plasmodium malariae and Plasmodium ovale 5/1/19 6/1/20
ITAD - SADA Millennium Villages Project External Evaluation 1/27/12 6/30/18
Model Districts in India: Request for 3 Additional Districts 7/1/11 6/30/16
Performance Assessment of Alere q Filovirus Detect Test and Alere q Medical Device 1/1/17 9/15/17
Piloting the 90-90-90 Strategy in Sauri, Kenya 1/1/17 9/15/17
Point of Care Nanotechnology Diagnostic for Differential Fever Diagnosis 4/1/16 10/31/17
Tropical Laboratory Initiative 12/10/17 12/1/19
UNAIDS and the Millennium Villages Project: Establishing 'HIV-1 mother-to-child transmission-free zones' 12/1/12 12/31/15
REACH: Using Technology to Increase Health Literacy and Health Care Access for Refugees in Turkiye, Lebanon, and Jordan 8/1/19 6/30/23
Measuring the Rate of Isoniazid Mono-Resistance in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Kazakhstan 9/20/19 12/31/20
Refugees Act and Communicate for Health (REACH): Using Technology to Increase Health Literacy and Health Care Access for Refugees in Turkey 12/28/20 12/27/21
The Lancet Commission on COVID-19 - BMZ 1/1/21 12/31/21
Designing a Modern, Scalable and Sustainable Infrastructure for the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) 1/1/21 5/31/22