K. “Vish” Viswanath, PhD


K. “Vish” Viswanath, PhD, is director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Research Center. He is also the Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication at Harvard Chan. He holds a joint appointment at the MacGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is director of the Center for Translational Health Communication Science at the Harvard Chan School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Professor…

Ananya Awasthi, MPH

Assistant Director

Trained as a Dental Surgeon, Dr Ananya began her Public Health career as a consultant in the area of Community Health and prevention of oral cancer. With a Masters in Global Health from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health & Post Grad Diploma in Health Communication from Public Health Foundation of India, she has since worked at the intersection of government, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to support…

Pavitra Madhira

Project Coordinator

Ms. Madhira holds a Master of Science degree in Health Psychology from the University of Hyderabad and a Post Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology from the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). Prior to joining the Center, she worked as Research Assistant on various public health research projects and behaviour management trials with PHFI and The George Institute for Global Health. As part of her work, she managed the development and…

Ria Golecha

Project Coordinator

Ria is an Economics undergraduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. She joins the Center with over three years of public health consulting work experience at Global Health Strategies, IQVIA Consulting and World Health Organization South-East Asia Regional Office in New Delhi, India. Ria has co-authored a commentary published in Journal Vaccine, Elsevier with a World Health Organization senior scientist focusing on the enigma around cholera prevention…

Ananya Kumar

Research Assistant

Ms. Kumar holds a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology with a focus on infectious diseases, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). As a graduate student, Ananya worked with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh on child health projects, and the International Vaccine Access Center and Infectious Disease Dynamics group at JHSPH on vaccine epidemiology and cholera dynamics research, respectively. She has also previously…

Manvi Poddar

Research Assistant

Ms Poddar holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Mumbai and a diploma in Product Design from the Indian School of Design and Innovation, Parsons. She joins the Center after working at IndiaSpend, where she worked at the intersection of systems design, communications, and public health. As a part of her work, she designed and developed projects on maternal health, immunization, and digital education. Prior to joining…

Tushar Khurana

Communication Designer

Mr. Khurana is a fourth year Communication Design student at ISDI School of Design & Innovation, Mumbai. Trained in UI/UX and visual design, Tushar supports the Center by developing dissemination material for its various projects. He has been with the Center since February, 2020.

Divya Veluguri

Research Assistant

Divya Veluguri is a Research Assistant at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has previously worked on several projects studying challenges to adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in the Indian context – particularly the reduced use of agrochemicals, adoption of organic farming practices, and reduction of crop residue burning.

Anjali Shandilya

Research Assistant

Anjali Shandilya is a Research Assistant at Harvard India Research Center and working with the Poshan Atlas team. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Governance from Azim Premji University. She has done the fellowship at Teach for India and directly indulged with children, the community, and the school authority. Anjali has worked with the Indian School of Democracy and ERU Consultants Pvt. Ltd. She has done research…

Safdar Khan

Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)

A trained doctor by profession (B.H.M.S.), Dr. Khan joined the India Research Center on as an Administrative Assistant to support the Center’s financial processes like processing invoices, assisting in accounts of IRC related invoices, and vendor management. He also provides administrative support like organising & coordinating meetings, events, training & capacity building initiatives- including arranging logistics.