Harvard Researchers and Staff working on India projects

Working in tandem with Harvard professors and faculty are research scientists, associates, analysts, and assistants who play a critical role in the development of studies regarding India.

Dr. Anuraj Shankar is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Nutrition. He has conducted large scale field research and advised on program activities in multiple countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, and has authored nearly 50 articles on immunology, infectious disease, nutrition, and maternal and infant health.

Dr. Shankar’s current areas of interest relate to integration of health interventions and monitoring to build local capacity for use of data in decision-making to scale up services and strengthen quality of care to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths.

He will be traveling to Nagpur in the state of Maharashtra later in January where he is working on District level partnerships between colleges and communities to enhance Anganwadi Worker performance in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra (Community Health Education Project).

His other current projects in India are:

  1. Implementation research to improve ASHA performance in Delhi slums. (ANCHUL: Antenatal and Child Health Care in Urban Slums)
  2. Tablet PC “Smart Register” software to improve Auxiliary Nurse Midwife performance in northern Karnataka (DRISHTI: Development and Impact Assessment of an mHealth Package for Rural India, focusing on Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health)
  3. Neonatal health assessment by analysis of video from mobile phones

Siham Elhamoumi is a grants manager in Global Health and Population (GHP).

Elizabeth Cafiero Fonseca is a research analyst in GHP.

Dr. Nilupa Gunaratna is a research associate and statistician in GHP. She is interested in the genetic improvement of the nutritional quality of food crops as a technology to combat childhood undernutrition in developing countries.

Alyssa Lubet is a research assistant in GHP.

Kathleen Parkes photo
Kathleen Parkes photo

Dr. Dara Lee Luca is a research associate in GHP.

Dr. Vasanti Malik is a research scientist working with Donna Spiegelman, Frank Hu, and Walter Willett. She is involved with India projects and on Global Nutrition & Epidemiologic Transition Group (GNET)—a collaborative initiative launched by researchers from the departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, with the ultimate goal of helping to prevent the global diabetes epidemic by improving the carbohydrate quality of staple foods. Ms. Malik is currently working on an analysis of dietary patterns and risk of diabetes using follow-up data from the Chennai Urban-Rural Epidemiological Study (CURES) among urban adults. She hopes to look at other dietary exposures and risk of diabetes in the future.

Eliza Mitgang is a research assistant in GHP.

Dr. Eve Nagler is a research scientist in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her India research includes two studies funded by the National Cancer Institute to design and test tobacco use cessation interventions with teachers in the state of Bihar and with manufacturing worksites in Mumbai

Dr. Shoba Ramanadhan is a research scientist working at the Viswanath Lab and is part of the Harvard Catalyst Community Health Innovation and Research Program. She is currently developing curriculum for a capacity building training in Mumbai.

Juliana Seminerio is a faculty assistant in Global Health and Population.

Dr. Jonathan Spector is a research associate in the Health Policy and Management Department. He is working on the BetterBirth Program with Dr. Atul Gawande. The BetterBirth Program, funded through a four-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and state and federal governments in India to test the effectiveness of a checklist-based childbirth safety program in reducing deaths and improving outcomes of mothers and infants in hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, India. The program was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health system innovation at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the School. A link to the pilot results are published here, and the article abstract outlining the development of their intervention is published here.