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I am a mathematical modeler, working in the area of infectious diseases with special interest in Tuberculosis, Leprosy, and Malaria. I’m currently Research Scientist at Public Health Foundation of India. Prior to that, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research – Centre for Applicable Mathematics (TIFR-CAM), Bangalore (2013- 2014). In addition to conducting research, I have also taught Engineering Mathematics in Bachelor of Technology (BTech) program for about two years (2011-2013) and Infectious Disease Modelling in the Master in Public Health program (2019).
I earned my Ph.D. in mathematics from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (now a university, then affiliated to GB Technical University, Lucknow, UP) in the year 2012.
Awards and Honors:
1.Single Asian selected with a travel grant to participate and present research work at the Clinic on Meaningful Modeling of Epidemiological Data, 2018 African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Muizenberg, South Africa, May 28th – June 8th, 2018.
2. World Wide Style (WWS) Program Fellowship at the Department of Mathematics, University of Turin, Turin, Italy, 2015 (This fellowship was open to post-doctoral researchers across the world).
3. Visiting Fellow (invited with full financial support), Institute for Disease Modeling/ Intellectual Ventures, Bellevue, WA, USA, June 8-12, 2015.
4. Post-Doctoral Fellowship of National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM), Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, 2012 (Grant number- NBHM/PDF.17/2012/831).
5. Young Scientist Award 2011, Mathematics by International Academy of Physical Sciences (IAPS) in CONIAPS-XIV held at SVNIT, Surat, India during Dec. 22-24, 2011.
I have also secured several Travel Grant awards from national and international agencies to present my research work at the international level.
Life-member of The Indian National Science Congress Association.
Member of Society of Mathematical Biology (SMB) August 2014 to December 2015.
Research Summary and Interests
I apply mathematical tools to study the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases, with equal interest in basic science and policy-focused analysis. My interdisciplinary research lies at the nexus of infectious disease modeling, health systems, and classical epidemiology, particularly in the context of human Tuberculosis, Malaria and Leprosy. I’ve been working in the area of TB modeling in Indian context from more than five years. Recently, I have initiated collaboration with Central Leprosy Teaching and Research Institute (CLTRI), to carry out modeling studies in order to generate research evidence for the Leprosy control program.
Areas of Expertise
- Infectious Diseases
- Vector-Borne Diseases
- Social Determinants of Health
- Health Policy and Planning
- Global Health
- Disease Control/Disease Burden
- Impact Evaluation
- Complex interventions
- Neglected Tropical Diseases
- Health Impact Assessment
Other Areas of Expertise
- Project/Programme Management/Implementation