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Abdulgafoor Bachani, PhD, MHS

Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

My research focuses on health systems, as well as developing and implementing innovative approaches to measuring the burden of and preventing injury and disabilities, as well as enhancing access to rehabilitation services. I hold a particular interest in developing approaches for: 1) the measurement of disability and understanding the long-term health, economic, and societal consequences of injuries; 2) enhancing the generation and use of valid and reliable data for injury prevention, disability, and rehabilitation in low-resource settings; 3) applying novel information and communication technology approaches to injury prevention, disability, and rehabilitation; and, 4) developing sustainable capacity for research and practice in the field of injury prevention, disability, and rehabilitation.

Topics
  • Digital Health
  • Health Systems
  • Injury Prevention

Smisha Agarwal, PhD

Assistant Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Agarwal's research is aimed at improving maternal and newborn health in low-income settings through strengthening community health systems and leveraging innovative technological solutions. Over the last decade, she has developed methods for evaluating programs that employ digital tools such as mobile phones for health service delivery. She has also led a series of systematic Cochrane reviews that have been leveraged by the WHO to develop global guidelines on the use of digital tools to strengthen health services. She continues to work with bilateral and multilateral agencies to support development and implementation of routine health information systems. Specifically, her research is focused on- 1. The effectiveness of the use of digital devices by community health workers as decision-aids to improve delivery of primary health care services, especially for mothers and infants; 2. Using predictive analytics and machine learning algorithms based on routine monitoring data to enhance our understanding of quality of care, create safety nets to care for high-risk populations and improve effectiveness of reproductive health services; 3. Use of social media websites and data to understand health patterns and behaviors. Currently, she is working in collaboration with the Population Council, and colleagues at Pathfinder International (Uganda) and Zanmi Lasante (Haiti) to conduct a multi-country study using discrete choice experiments to understand incentive preferences of community health workers in Kenya, Bangladesh, Uganda and Haiti.

Topics
  • Digital Health
  • Maternal & Child Health

Judy Bass, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Our global mental health program, housed within the department of Mental Health, takes a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to create actionable solutions to the promotion of mental health, and the prevention and treatment of mental health and psychosocial problems in low-resource contexts around the world.

Topics
  • Mental Health

Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH

Desmond M Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I currently serve as a co-investigator on an HPTN study underdevelopment which will assess new HIV prevention strategies for people who inject drugs in India and in the region. This project is being led by Dr. Sunil Solomon.

Topics
  • Human Rights
  • HIV

Nilanjan Chatterjee, PhD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I collaborate with the Center for Cancer Epidemiology at the Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital, Mumbai, in designing and analyzing genetic and epidemiologic studies across cancers of different sites. This collaboration has led to discovery of new genetic risk locus of gall bladder cancer (Mahatre et al., Lancet Oncology, 2017) and characterization of risk of breast and gallbladder cancers with respect to various lifestyle and reproductive factors. I am also in close contact with educators and researchers from a number of statistical and data science institutes in India including the Indian Statistical Institute (my alma mater) and the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics.

Topics
  • Data Science
  • Cancer

Svea Closser, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I am a medical anthropologist, and I use ethnographic methods to explore the complexities of public health policymaking and implementation. I work primarily with colleagues in North India on issues related to Primary Health Care, including understanding the experiences of ASHAs; promoting community accountability for PHC; and exploring the relationship between vertical programs and the NRHM.

Topics
  • Primary Healthcare
  • Policy
  • Community Health
  • Vaccines

Joanna Cohen, PhD

Bloomberg Professor of Disease Prevention Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

We collaborate on tobacco control policy studies in India. We also offer a range of tobacco control capacity building programs, including full scholarships to competitive applicants for our Global Tobacco Control Certificate Program.

Topics
  • Behavioral Science
  • Policy
  • Substance Use

Lauren Czaplicki, PhD, MPH

Assistant Scientist Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I conduct tobacco control research to investigate how corporate actions – and public health interventions developed to address these actions – impact behavior and perceptions at the population level. My research in India uses qualitative methods to explore how to reduce attractiveness of tobacco marketing through tobacco control policy interventions.

Topics
  • Behavioral Science
  • Policy

David Dowdy, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I am involved in a number of projects related to TB control in India.

Topics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Tuberculosis

Anna Durbin, MD

Professor, International Health and Director of the Center for Immunization Research Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

My work focuses on the development and evaluation of vaccines for emerging infectious diseases such as dengue and Zika. I have collaborated with vaccine manufacturers in India to manufacture and evaluate a live attenuated tetravalent dengue vaccine in India. The U.S. National Institutes of Health as licensed this technology to several vaccine manufacturers in India with the goal of in-country production and delivery of this vaccine to benefit those at risk in India.

Topics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Vaccines

Cyrus Engineer, DrPH, MHS, MHA

Professor of the Practice & Associate Chair, Academic Programs Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Engineer has become deeply engaged in India on a grant led by Dr. David Peters at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, leading work on how to ‘restructure’ the directorate of medical health in the state of Uttar Pradesh – a large and complex assignment for a directorate responsible for the health of over 200 million people. Their analyses and engagement in the directorate has led to plans for strengthening training and development infrastructure, delivery and content in public health and management for the health workforce in Uttar Pradesh.

Topics
  • Health Systems

Dani Fallin, PhD

Professor and Chair Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I chair the Department of Mental Health, the only department of its kind in a School of Public Health in the world. I also lead a center dedicated to public health approaches to autism spectrum disorder.

Topics
  • Autism
  • Mental Health

Gigi Gronvall, PhD

Associate Professor, EHE; Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

We host and facilitate an ongoing Track II (nongovernmental) dialogue on biosecurity between experts in India and the United States. There are multiple goals for the dialogue: to expand knowledge and understanding between India and the United States about biological threats; increase awareness and probability of exchanges for early warning and detection of unusual biological events; deepen relationships between participants to serve as technical resources to each other going forward; and to identify issues that may warrant official government-to-government priority.

Topics
  • Policy
  • Health Security

Rebecca Heidkamp, PhD

Associate Scientist Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I lead DataDENT (www.datadent.org), an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen nutrition measurement for policy planning and decision making. The DataDENT work in India is led by IFPRI and is focused on a) harmonizing measurement across partners involved in the National Nutrition Program (Poshan Abhiyaan) including for COVID-19 impacts and response, b) improving nutrition data decision tools (e.g. dashboards) and c) strengthening measurement of nutrition sensitive social protection programs.

Topics
  • Nutrition
  • Program Evaluation

Anna Kalbarczyk, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Scientist Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

In collaboration with colleagues at IIHMR, Jaipur, I have conducted implementation research that seeks to map, synthesize, and translate knowledge from polio eradication. Other key projects include evaluation of student training sites in Pune, Banglaore, Hyderabad, and Delhi.

Joanne Katz, ScD

Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Analyses of data from two studies including the Aravind Comprehensive Eye Survey (ACES) and the Vitamin A Study in Newborns (VASIN). Both studies were conducted in collaboration with the Aravind Eye Hospitals in Madurai. Tamil Nadu.

Topics
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • International Health

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I have collaborated on a few HIV-related projects, including PrEP use and community mobilization for sex workers and a matrimonial service for people living with HIV.

Topics
  • HIV
  • International Health

Ryan Kennedy, Phd

Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Kennedy has worked in tobacco control for 20 years. His research aims to support the development, implementation and evaluation of tobacco control policies globally. In India Kennedy has lead numerous studies to measure tobacco vendor density, assess compliance with smoke-free laws and understand tobacco industry advertising and promotion in retail settings.

Topics
  • Policy
  • Public Health

Maria Knoll, PhD

Senior Scientist Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Efforts have included estimating the number of pneumococcal pneumonia and meningitis cases and deaths overall and by state since the year 2000. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) was recently introduced into the immunization program of several high burden states and recent efforts have included assessing its impact on vaccine-type pneumococcal carriage, chest x-ray confirmed pneumonia, and severity of disease in hospitalized pneumonia cases and on vaccine-type pneumococcal carriage in healthy children in the community.

Topics
  • Pneumonia
  • Vaccines

Kunihiro Matsushita, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Matsushita is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and a member of the Welch Center. He has expertise in risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including hypertension. He is co-directing a team at Hopkins supporting activities of the Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL). In this context, he has been collaborating with the RTSL India office, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and the WHO India office.

Topics
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Hypertension

Conor McMeniman, PhD

Assistant Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria are a major threat to public health in India. Our research program uses integrative methodology spanning the fields of invertebrate neurobiology, analytical chemistry and genome-engineering to understand molecular and cellular basis of mosquito attraction to humans. We aspire to apply such knowledge to generate powerful new strategies to control of mosquito-borne diseases in the region.

Topics
  • Infectious Diseases

Shruti Mehta, PhD, MPH

Professor and Vice Chair of Research and Administration Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

My work is centered on improving engagement in HIV and hepatitis C preventive and treatment services across India with a particular focus on key populations such as people who inject drugs. We do this through a combination of structural and individual-level interventions evaluated through novel.

Topics
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV
  • Substance Use

Diwakar Mohan, MD, DrPH

Assistant Scientist Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

My expertise is in community based trials and evaluation of programs for evidence-based policy and practice. In recent years, I have played a strong role in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of digital health and community-based service delivery programs. This includes recent work in India on the trial to assess the efficacy of the Kilkari messaging program, which is the world's largest of its kind.

Topics
  • Digital Health
  • Program Evaluation

Caroline Moreau, MD, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

My work in India working with colleagues at the Indian Institute of Health and Medical Research in Rajasthan through the PMA project, seeks to improve measurement of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and to evaluate the social factors related to levels in trends in ASRH in Rajasthan. I also seek to evaluate the impact of adolescent SRH programming in Rajasthan and identify for whom these interventions work.

Topics
  • Adolescent Health
  • Reproductive Health

William Moss, MD, MPH

Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Our group has worked with the Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Epidemiology, and National Institute of Virology to conduct measles and rubella serosurveys across India before and after measles and rubella mass vaccination campaigns. We are working with our partners to develop a sustainable integrated serosurveillance system to guide the Universal Immunisation Programme, identify immunity gaps, and assess disease burden.

Topics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Vaccines

Tolbert Nyenswah, BSc, LLB, MPH

Senior Research Associate Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

My work focus on the support to the COVID-19 response initiative during the peak of the India COVID-19 response. I contributed to public health emergency preparedness, and response and advising on Incident Management System. I supported the development of response tools and packages that helped provide needed technical and capacity building support for emergency operations and response system and IMS.

Topics
  • COVID-19
  • Emergency Preparedness

Bryan Patenaude, MA, ScD

Assistant Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I have conducted a series of studies on measuring and comparing subnational and national inequalities in healthcare financing, out-of-pocket expenditure, access to care, and provision of healthcare services in India. Most recently, I have been working with the USAID-funded ACCELERATE project in support of India's National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS to assess the cost-effectiveness of key-populations HIV/AIDS test and treat programs in India and have recently begun working with the Johns Hopkins Maternal and Child Health Center India (MCHI) in West Bengal to measure and track over time changes in the multi-dimensional inequality in access to maternal and child health services, including immunization. My current work focused on creating new metrics to capture the multi-dimensional and intersectional nature of inequality and incorporate it, routinely, into impact and economic evaluations of healthcare interventions utilizes the fourth round of the National Family Health Survey in India as a case study application of the methodology.https://indiainstitute.jhu.edu/wp-admin/post.php?post=31&action=edit#

Topics
  • Business of Health
  • Economics
  • Health Systems

David Peters, MD, DrPH

Edgar Berman Chair of International Health, Faculty Co-Chair Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. David Peters is Faculty Co-chair of the Gupta-Klinsky India Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and Chair of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He studies how to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries, particularly to better serve poor and vulnerable populations.

Topics
  • Health Systems

Krishna Rao, PhD, MSc

Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

My work focuses on primary health care and health systems - I am interested in examining different models of primary health care delivery that can provide comprehensive, affordable and affordable primary health care services to populations. I see health care financing as an important aspect of health systems reform and my work has focused on estimating financial hardship caused by out-of-pocket payments, and lost productivity.

Topics
  • Business of Health
  • Health Systems
  • Primary Healthcare

David Sack, MD

Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Our group helps countries prevent cholera and other infectious diarrheal diseases through the development and the effective use of vaccine and improved water sanitation interventions. Inexpensive oral vaccines for cholera are now available but need to be targeted to be most cost effective. We are in the preclinical phase of promising vaccines for enterotoxigenic E coli and shigellosis and hope to start phase one studies soon.

Topics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Water & Sanitation

Meike Schleiff, DrPH, MSPH

Assistant Scientist Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

My work focuses on capacity building in terms of development, implementation, and evaluation of courses and other training and fellowship programs. I also collaborate with partners to assess public health educational opportunities and contribute to the literature on best practices and opportunities for the future development of this field.

Topics
  • Primary Healthcare
  • Community Health
  • Training

Anita Shet, MD, PhD

Director of Child Health, International Vaccine Access Center Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Anita Shet is a pediatrician and a public health specialist and director of the Johns Hopkins Maternal and Child Health India program that focuses on addressing health issues among women, infants and children, and strengthening public health capacity in India. Her interests span maternal and child nutrition, pediatric and adolescent HIV, dengue infections, social determinants of health, childhood immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases. Her practice areas include addressing pandemic-related disruptions of routine childhood vaccination and essential health services, and advocacy efforts to expand vaccine access in India and globally. At present, she also focuses on empowering disadvantaged children and youth to live with good health and dignity.

Topics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • HIV
  • Pneumonia
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Public Health

Anthony So, MD, MPA

Professor of the Practice Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Innovation+Design Enabling Access (IDEA) Initiative has worked to support WHO-SEARO in its efforts to organize the first several World Conferences on Access to Medical Products, co-organized by the Government of India, and presented on issues of pharmaceutical innovation and access, R&D transparency, and novel approaches to bringing antibiotics to market and ensuring their sustainable access. As the Strategic Policy Program for ReAct-Action on Antibiotic Resistance, we also work with intergovernmental and civil society partners on issues of antimicrobial resistance, particularly through the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition comprised of over 25 organizations, from Centre for Science, the Third World Network and the Environment and the People's Health Movement to the South Centre, an intergovernmental think for over 50 member states.

Brian Wahl, PhD, MPH

Assistant Scientist Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I am an infectious disease epidemiologist with an interest in the changing epidemiology of vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases in children. I lead field studies and employ mathematical modelling to address critical questions related to vaccine program performance, optimization, and equity. I have also led several public health training and capacity development efforts with several partner organizations. I have been based in South Asia for more than a decade where I collaborate with researchers from leading institutions in the region.

Topics
  • Public Health
  • International Health
  • Vaccines

Kevin Welding, PhD

Assistant Scientist Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I am an economist that conducts tobacco control research to inform fiscal and health policy change. Recent work in India has included evidence of illegal smokeless tobacco, health warning label compliance, the market for different tobacco products, and the supply chain for illegal e-cigarettes.

Topics
  • Basic Science
  • Economics
  • Policy
  • Substance Use

Peter Winch, MD MPH

Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Water and sanitation, environmental sustainability, qualitative research, formative research.

Topics
  • International Health