Steering Committee & Core Team
Amita Gupta, MD, MHSProfessor of Medicine and Public Health; Director, Division of Infectious Diseases; JHII Faculty Co-Chair Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Dr. Gupta is Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is also Faculty Co-chair of the Gupta-Klinsky India Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and Professor of Infectious Diseases at the JH School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in International Health at the JH Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- Infectious Diseases
David Peters, MD, DrPHEdgar 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.
- Health Systems
Rina Agarwala, PhDAssociate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Agarwala studies how vulnerable populations, particularly workers, assert their rights through social movements. Her research has examined a range of working populations (including informal workers and migrant workers), workers’ identities (including class, gender, and caste), and worker industries (including construction, tobacco manufacturing, garment manufacturing, trash collection, domestic work, and agricultural labor).
- Human Rights
- Political Sciences
Robert Bollinger, MD, MPHRaj & Kamla Gupta Professor of Infectious Diseases; Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Dr. Bollinger is the Raj and Kamla Gupta Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine, and he holds joint appointments in International Health at the Johns Hopkins (JH) Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in Community Public Health at the JH School of Nursing. He is the Founding Director of the JH Center for Clinical Global Health Education (now CCGHE-ID), Associate Director for Medicine of the JH Center for Global Health, and serves on the Advisory Team for the Johns Hopkins Precision Medicine Center of Excellence for COVID-19. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and infectious diseases.
Rama Chellappa, PhDBloomberg Distinguished Professor Whiting School of Engineering
Rama Chellappa, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University is a leading researcher in the area of artificial intelligence. His work in computer vision, pattern recognition, and machine learning have had a profound impact on areas including biometrics, smart cars, forensics, and 2D and 3D modeling of faces, objects, and terrain. His work in motion capturing and imaging shows promise for future use in health care and medicine. He joined Johns Hopkins after 29 years at the University of Maryland, where he served lengthy stretches as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Center for Automation Research. He is a member of Johns Hopkins’ Mathematical Institute for Data Science, the Center for Imaging Science, the Center for Language and Speech Processing and the Institute for Assured Autonomy. Chellappa’s research has shaped the field of facial recognition technology—developing detailed face models based on shape, appearance, texture, and bone and muscle structure. Under a recent program called Janus, he and his team have developed a high-accuracy face recognition system that serves critical needs for federal and commercial sectors. The team has also worked on modeling facial expressions, with potential for a variety of medical applications. He also is known as an expert in machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence that instructs computer systems to perform tasks based on patterns and inferences. In one recent experiment, Chellappa and colleagues tested the skills of expert forensic facial examiners against the skills of machines; as it turned out, the best results came when both sides worked together. This research has implications for how machine learning algorithms can help doctors diagnose disease. Chellappa has also worked on gait analysis, which can apply to an enormous range of uses—everything from diagnosing Parkinson’s disease to human identification at a distance. He was born and raised in South India, near Chennai, and studied at the University of Madras and the Indian Institute of Science before attending Purdue University in Indiana, which was then building an international reputation for a branch of machine learning known as statistical pattern recognition. Chellappa is the 2020 recipient of the Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal for his contributions to image and video processing, particularly face recognition. This is one of the top honors from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where Chellappa is a life fellow and previously served as editor-in-chief of journals. Among many other honors, Chellappa has also won technical achievement awards from the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Signal Processing Society; the latter also awarded him with its highest honor, the Society Award. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering there, studying under mentors including K. Fukunaga, R.L. Kayshyap, and K.S. Fu. (Some three decades later, Chellappa won the esteemed award named for K.S. Fu, from the International Association of Pattern Recognition.) His interest in biomedical engineering dates back to these years when he designed a cardiac pacemaker as his capstone project. During his doctoral studies, he also conducted research at the University of Maryland (UMD) with Azriel Rosenfeld, one of the founding fathers of computer vision. The mentorship launched his career in this field, which trains computers to identify, classify, and understand digital images. Chellappa later joined UMD as a professor in 1991, after 10 years at the University of Southern California.
Pravin Krishna, PhDChung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business School of Advanced International Studies
Pravin Krishna is the Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business at Johns Hopkins University, where he is jointly appointed in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC and the Department of Economics in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) in Baltimore. Professor Krishna is also Co-Chair of the Bernard L. Schwartz Globalization Initiative at Johns Hopkins SAIS and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Krishna has previously been Professor of Economics at Brown University and has also held appointments at a number of other universities, including the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Princeton University, Stanford University and INSEAD. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Vidya Mave, MD, MPH & TMAssociate Professor, JHUSOM; Director, Indo-JHU Research Program, Pune, India Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Dr. Mave has more than 18 years of experience in clinical practice, education, and research in infectious diseases. Is the co-director for the Center for Infectious Diseases in India. She directs all clinical research activities for the Indo-JHU program, which conducts phase I, II, and III clinical trials of therapeutic drug interventions for HIV and co-morbid infections, including TB and hepatitis, in adults (including pregnant women) and children in Pune, India. Her research interests includes antimicrobial resistance, comorbidities (including diabetes, HIV), and the use of novel tools (Hair PK, whole genome sequencing, host biomarkers) to study TB treatment outcomes.
- Infectious Diseases
- Antimicrobial Resistance
- Maternal & Child Health
- Non-Communicable Diseases
Nagpurnanand Prabhala, PhDProfessor of Finance and Francis J. Carey, Jr. Carey School of Business
Dr. Prabhala's work on India focuses on banks, financial intermediaries, and corporate finance in India. His prior and ongoing research includes work on credit scoring and its adoption by Indian banks, bank runs, the use of robo-advisors for wealth management, lowering frictions in consumer credit search, retail lending under fairness criteria, the impact of regulations and government programs such as laws to strengthening creditor rights, priority sector lending programs to aid small businesses, and PMJDY, a large-scale financial inclusion program.
Kunal Parikh, PhDResearch Associate Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Whiting School of Engineering
Dr. Parikh leads the Global Institute for Vision Equity (GIVE), an initiative that partners with high volume, social-justice driven eye care systems across India to enable equity in eye care globally through development and translation of novel solutions addressing critical needs in ophthalmology and designed for the patients, care providers, and the context of care in under-resourced settings.
- Digital Health
- Eye Disease
Nancy Reynolds, PhDProfessor and Associate Dean Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Nancy Reynolds is a Professor and Associate Dean of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; the Director of Center for Global Initiatives; Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Information, Knowledge Management; and Co-Secretary General, Global Network of the WHO Collaborating Centers of Nursing and Midwifery. She is a member of the board of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). She is an NIH-funded researcher whose global health research in India has focused on development of interventions that use low-cost cellphone technology to bring health care services to vulnerable populations affected by HIV.
- Digital Health
- Mental Health
Sridevi Sarma, PhDAssociate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Vice Dean for Graduate Education at the Whiting School of Engineering Whiting School of Engineering
Sridevi Sarma, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and vice dean for graduate education at the Whiting School of Engineering, develops computational, data-driven, and biological approaches to advance the knowledge and treatment of diseases of the nervous system including epilepsy, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, and insomnia. She also harnesses dynamical systems and control theory to understand how the brain governs complex behaviors, including motor control and decision making.
Sunil Solomon, MBBS, PhD, MPHAssociate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Dr. Solomon's work focuses on HIV, viral hepatitis and other infectious diseases across India. He currently has operations in almost 20 Indian states and partners with national and state governments as well as community-based organizations.
- Infectious Diseases
Brian Wahl, PhD, MPHAssistant Scientist Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Wahl is an infectious disease epidemiologist with an interest in the changing epidemiology of vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases in children. He leads field studies and employs mathematical modeling to address critical questions related to vaccine program performance, optimization, and equity. He has also led several public health training and capacity development efforts with several partner organizations. He has been based in South Asia for more than a decade where he collaborates with researchers from leading institutions in the region.
- Public Health
- International Health
Mathuram Santosham, MD, MPHProfessor of Public Health Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Dr. Santosham studies International Health; Epidemiologic studies of enteric infections; improved oral rehydration therapy; field testing of vaccines; h. influenzae tybe b; pneumococcal; neonatal health; Zinc supplementation; rotavirus.
Neetisha BesraDeputy Director, Gupta-Klinsky India Institute
Neetisha is Deputy Director for the Gupta-Klinsky India Institute at Johns Hopkins University, based out of New Delhi, India. She is responsible for developing strategy and managing operations for GKII, including external partnerships, internal liaisons, and program development. She brings her experience of working in public sector consulting and private sector operations management. As a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow working for the Government of India, Neetisha has worked in various community development and citizen service delivery programs. She holds an MPA/ID degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, an MDP degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and a Bachelor in Technology degree from IIT Kanpur.
Tania ChatterjeeProgram Manager Johns Hopkins University
Tania is Program Manager for the Gupta-Klinsky India Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She oversees the development of new programs, content, events, and other components of the Institute while working closely with partners and with all other arms of JHII. Tania also serves as a liaison to the Faculty Steering Committee and collaborates with Committee on goals for research, education, training and strategy. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Tania pursued a career in HIV, working at the Inova Health System, the Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation, and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. She is an alumna of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a co-founder of the South Asian Sexual and Mental Health Alliance.
Colter BillingsCommunications Specialist Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Colter Billings is a Communications Specialist for Gupta-Klinsky India Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the Center for Infectious Diseases in India. He creates content and manages projects that amplify the mission and work of the GKII and CIDI. Generating and executing cross-platform communications plans, developing strategic messaging, tracking engagement and coordinating with other JHU communications teams are elements of that role.
Molly BowenCommunications Lead Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Molly Bowen is Communications Director for Gupta-Klinsky India Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine, and the Center for Infectious Diseases in India, develops communications strategy, sets goals, serves as managing editor, and oversees content development and production across platforms including website, social media, newsletter, videos, and reports. She has 20+ years of experience in infectious diseases communications.
Priyanka Das, MBA, MPHResearch Associate Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Priyanka is a strategy consultant at the Gupta-Klinsky India Institute at Johns Hopkins University and has been directly involved with the process of designing and drafting the institute’s strategic roadmap. She also works as a Research Associate with the International Injury Research Unit at the Bloomberg School of Public Health where she is working on policy prioritization, and compliance and monitoring related research projects, primarily in the areas of injury research and rehabilitation.
- Injury Prevention
Hugh SullivanDirector, International Development Johns Hopkins University
As director of international programs in the Johns Hopkins University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Hugh Sullivan leads the university and medical institutions’ international fundraising and external affairs. Hugh brings nearly 15 years in professional and volunteer roles related to business development and education, with over nine years at Johns Hopkins in progressive fundraising roles.
Matt WilliamsMultimedia Specialist Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
In addition to editing and updating multimedia content, Matt provides IT support and contributes to ongoing web development
Gabriela SmitFiscal Operations Manager Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Ms. Smit is Financial Project Manager. She is an experienced financial analyst with more than 2 decades of experience in finance and accounting and more than a decade of experience at Johns Hopkins University, where she has developed and managed federal and non-federal grants and contracts.
Sagar BhagwatSenior Grants and Contracts Analyst Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Mr. Bhagwat is the Grants and Contracts Manager and manages the financial activities with the Fiscal Operations Manager. He works on all aspects of sponsored research pre and post award, including development and management of federal, state, private, and foundation grants/contracts. He is the primary contact for all outgoing subcontracts and works closely with international collaborators in India, Uganda, United Kingdom as well as domestic collaborators within the US.