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…

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…

Purabi Chatterjee

Research Intern

Purabi Chatterjee is a post-graduate student of Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. Her research interests lie at the intersection of public health and gender, and she has previously interned at the Public Health Resource Network and J-PAL South Asia. At the Center, she is supporting qualitative research and coordination of the ongoing projects. She hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Health in the coming future.

Sushruta Basak

Design Intern

Sushruta Basak is a Visual Designer and a Creative Strategist. Her transdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection between design, science, technology and art. She is currently finishing her final year at the Indian School of Design and Innovation, as a communication design student. Her aim is to develop experimental visuals for constructive, critical and collective modes of democratised innovation. She is currently building creative content for the IRC.

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.