My research will explore the role of epidemiology, coordination and collaborative leadership in strengthening operational response to health emergencies in the Asia-Pacific region. I am particularly interested in designing and improving existing surveillance strategies for prevention and intelligent response to epidemics.
I am passionate about global health and improving health outcomes for vulnerable and marginal populations and, love all things infectious diseases. Born and bred in India, and having worked internationally, I have seen the impact of less robust public health systems, and seen people live with diseases like polio and tuberculosis. These experiences have shaped who I am as a researcher and constantly motivate me to make a tangible difference in the field.
I hold a PhD in life sciences specialising in new vaccines for bacterial pathogens, and a MPhil in applied epidemiology. The combination of which has provided me with skills in conducting research and working on the ground as a field epidemiologist. I am a strong advocate for gender equity and mentoring young scientists (especially women) to engage in leadership opportunities.
I am excited about being awarded the Westpac Research Fellowship as it offers me a fantastic opportunity to build a program area of work that will span across research and 'on the ground' time responding to emergencies.
Skills & Expertise
- Global health
- Infectious diseases
- Surveillance and outbreak response
- Mentoring and leadership
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