About Fellow

Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore

Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore

Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore

I started my career as a homoeopathic physician, but soon realized that I wanted to do more than just treat individual patients. I enrolled in a M.Sc. Epidemiology programme at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, which is recognised both for its high academic standards and for its significant contributions to public health in India. Shortly after I joined the M.Sc., I was selected as the foreign-site Fogarty-Ellison Clinical Scholar for CMC Vellore. On completing my M.Sc., I underwent training in statistical modeling and time-series analysis at Tufts University in Boston, USA as a Global Infectious Disease Research trainee. My Ph.D. was on the transmission dynamics of cryptosporidial infections in children in an endemic slum community in southern India. Cryptosporidium spp. is increasingly being recognised as a pathogen of public health importance.

My M.Sc. and Ph.D. training in Vellore have been invaluable learning experiences that have enabled me to acquire skills in a number of different areas of qualitative and quantitative public health research. I have also been fortunate in having Indian and international mentors who have been extremely supportive and have offered me opportunities to acquire new competencies and apply them in relevant research settings.

This fellowship presents a unique opportunity for me to work on a disease that is neglected, but of considerable public health importance in India and other developing countries. Although periodic mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns with albendazole have been the cornerstone of STH control throughout the world for a decade and more, there is paucity of data on the optimal interval between rounds of treatment. This study seeks a clearer understanding of the dynamics of hookworm transmission, based on which we will develop mathematical models to predict the optimal frequency of MDA needed to break the transmission cycle.