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Rajiv Sarkar
Associate Professor

Dr. Rajiv Sarkar is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Public Health, Shillong. He has MSc and PhD degrees in epidemiology from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Rajiv has 10+ years of academic and industry experience in the design, conduct and analysis of a wide range of epidemiological studies – outbreak investigations, cross-sectional surveys, case-control studies, longitudinal cohorts and clinical trials (both individual and cluster-randomised) and real-world studies. Rajiv has co-authored 75+ peer-reviewed publications and has served as reviewer for many national and international journals. In 2013, he received an Early Career Fellowship from the DBT/ Wellcome Trust India Alliance. He was recognised as an Emerging Leader in International Infectious Diseases by the International Society for Infectious Diseases in 2016. Rajiv is an Associate Editor of Epidemiology and Infection journal and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Public Health Policy.

Professional Affiliations

2021-Present Associate Editor, Epidemiology and Infection
2021-Present Editorial Board Member, Journal of Public Health Policy
2020-Present Member, International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID) Research Grants Committee

Center Affiliations
Research Summary and Interests

Dr. Rajiv Sarkar’s core research interest is in the field of infectious disease epidemiology, One Health and epidemiologic research methods. He has supported community-based observational and interventional studies in India to: (a) understand the epidemiology of soil transmitted helminth (STH) infections in endemic communities including assessssment of the impact of mass deworming on the control of STH infection; (b) explore the community perception regarding drinking water and sanitation, quantify of the extent of contamination and evaluate the effectiveness of WASH interventions in resource-poor settings; and (c) acsertain the burden of childhood enteric diseases. His earlier research included exploration of the spatial and temporal patters of infectious diseases through disease mapping using geographical information system and seasonality analysis using time series analysis techniques. Recently he, along-with colleagues from Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, received a centre grant from the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance to set up a zoonotic and vector-borne disease research and training centre in northeast India.

Areas of Expertise
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Zoonotic Diseases
  • Water, Hygiene and Sanitation
  • Research Methods
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
Other Areas of Expertise