People

CIDI researchers represent a wide variety of specialites--genomics, microbiology and immunology, virology, pharmacology, prenatal and postpartum health, pediatrics, epidemiology, environmental health, mental health, behavioral health, international health, and emergency medicine. Personnel are located in India and in Baltimore.

Bob Bollinger, MD, MPH

Raj and Kamla Gupta Professor of Infectious Diseases, Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing
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 Founding Director of the Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE), 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...

Amita Gupta, MD, MHS

Professor of Medicine and Public Health; Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
Amita Gupta, MD, MHS
Dr. Gupta is Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is also Deputy Director of the Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE), Faculty Co-chair of the Johns Hopkins India Institute, 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 . Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in infectious diseases, Dr. Gupta specializes in international public health, clinical research, and...

Jane McKenzie-White, MAS, MSEd

Managing Director, Director of Education Technology and Design
Ms. McKenzie-White is the Managing Director and Director of Education Technology and Design at the Center for Clinical Global Health Education. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the Johns Hopkins School of Education. She has more than 20 years of experience in program leadership, web development, health education, and research. Since joining the CCGHE in 2006, her efforts have focused on distance learning and capacity-building initiatives. Her work has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications on leveraging technology to facilitate clinical global health education and optimize...

Kelly Dooley, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Molecular Sciences
Dr. Dooley is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with appointments in the Divisions of Clinical Pharmacology and Infectious Diseases. She is also a faculty member at the Center for Clinical Global Health Education. Dr. Dooley has an HIV outpatient practice and attends on the inpatient HIV service. Her research focuses on tuberculosis therapeutics with an emphasis on Phase I or II clinical trials of new or existing TB drugs and treatment of HIV/TB co-infection. She is Principal Investigator or Protocol Chair...

Jessica Elf, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor, Colorado State University
Dr. Jessica Elf is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University. Dr. Elf’s research focuses on the epidemiology and health impacts of air pollution and tobacco use, with an emphasis on the HIV and tuberculosis (TB) co-epidemic. Her work aims to describe the overlap of air pollution and tobacco with these epidemics and the subsequent impact on TB and HIV health outcomes. In addition to risk characterization, her work focuses on subsequent mitigation strategies and interventions that are effective,...

Jonathan Golub, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and International Health
Dr. Golub is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and International Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on the epidemiology of tuberculosis in South Africa, Brazil, India and the US, with specific focus on the drivers of TB in these settings. He leads a cluster randomized trial in South Africa observing diagnostic and treatment practices for latent TB infection among HIV-infected patients at 14 HIV clinics. Also, in South Africa, he leads a smoking cessation clinical trial among HIV-infected...

Akshay Gupte, PhD, MBBS, MSPH, PhD

Instructor of Medicine
Dr. Gupte is Instructor of Medicine at CCGHE. His research focuses on the intersection of infectious and chronic lung diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Gupte leads several Indo-US collaborative studies to describe the epidemiology and pathogenesis of lung impairment in TB/HIV/diabetes, measure its impact on poor clinical outcomes, and identify therapeutic and programmatic interventions to improve post-TB lung health and longevity. He is an active member of several multi-national TB/HIV research consortia such as the TB Transformative Science Working Group of the ACTG, the TB...

Nikhil Gupte, PhD

Research Associate
Pune, India
Dr. Gupte is a Research Associate faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Deputy Director of the BJGMC-JHU Clinical Research Site , a collaborative research partnership associated with the world’s largest HIV therapeutic trials networks, the AIDS Clinial Trials Group ( ACTG ) and the International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trial Network ( IMPAACT ). Dr. Gupte has more than 10 years of experience in public health research in developing countries and is a recognized leader in biostatistics education in India. Based in Pune, India...

Jyoti Mathad, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Mathad is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology in the the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is also a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education. Her primary research interests include the immune changes of pregnancy and how they affect the development of tuberculosis (TB) in TB-endemic countries, such as India. Since 2010, she has been conducting research in Pune, India, on the performance of immune-based latent TB diagnostics in pregnant women with and without HIV. She is now leading the...

Vidya Mave, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Pune, India
Vidya Mave, MD, MPH
Dr. Mave is Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as well as Director and Clinical Research Site (CRS) Leader of the Johns Hopkins University Baltimore-India Clinical Trials Unit ( JHUBI-CTU ) in Pune, India. The CTU is a collaborative research partnership between BJGMC in Pune, India and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine that is part of the world’s largest HIV therapeutic trial networks (the AIDS Clinical Trials Group [ ACTG ] and the International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trial Network [ IMPAACT ]). Dr. Mave has more than 18 years of experience in...

Matt Robinson, MD

Assistant Professor
Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Matt Robinson
Matthew Robinson, MD, is Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and he serves on the Advisory Team for the and serves on the Advisory Team for the Johns Hopkins Precision Medicine Center of Excellence for COVID-19. His research focuses on the diagnosis of acute febrile illness and its implication on antimicrobial stewardship and resistance in tropical low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Robinson is assessing the etiology of febrile illness in patients presenting to a hospital in Pune, India and determining how diagnosis...

Maunank Shah, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Shah is Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins (JH) School of Medicine, and a faculty member of both the JH Center for Clinical Global Health Education and the JH Center for TB Research. He is Medical Director for the Baltimore City Tuberculosis Program, an attending physician at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and is board certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine. Dr. Shah’s research involves evaluating and implementing novel HIV and tuberculosis (TB) intervention strategies in resource constrained settings. He has evaluates new TB...

Rupak Shivakoti, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Rupak Shivakoti, PhD, MSPH, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins CCGHE. His formal training is in immunology, infectious diseases, and epidemiology. Dr. Shivakoti’s primary research interest focuses on the central role of inflammation in HIV and TB outcomes, both in adult and maternal-infant populations. In addition, he is interested in the relationship of nutrition and gut microbiome with inflammation and health outcomes. He is the PI of NIH-funded projects related to these topics...

Nishi Suryavanshi, PhD

Clinical Research Site Coordinator, Deputy Director, BJGMC Clinical Research Site; Research Associate, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Pune, India
Dr. Suryavanshi is Clinical Research Site Coordinator and Deputy Director for the BJGMC-CRS in Pune, India, and a Research Associate faculty member Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Center for Clinical Global Health Education. Dr. Suryavanshi is a behavioral scientists whose research involves women’s empowerment, mental health, reproductive health, and HIV and tuberculosis research in clinical settings as well in urban and rural community settings. Dr. Suryavanshi has established extensive networks with regional nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and local TB and HIV programs. She...

Jeff Tornheim, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Jeff Tornheim, MD, MPH, is Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases here at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research explores the application of new diagnostic technologies to improved health outcomes in the treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis among both adult and pediatric patients in India. Dr. Tornheim recently completed his infectious diseases fellowship at Johns Hopkins, during which he worked with Drs. Amita Gupta, Vidya Mave, Bob Bollinger of Johns Hopkins, and with Dr. Zarir Udwadia at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. His interest in clinical...

Mallika Alexander, MBBS

Project Manager
Pune, India
Mallika Alexander, MBBS
Dr. Alexander is the project manager for the PRACHITi study, a study on immunological changes in HIV positive and negative pregnant women with latent tuberculosis at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Clinical Research Site (BJGMC-CRS) in Pune, India. A gynecologist by training, her research interests are improving women’s health, prevention of HIV and AIDS, microbicides, and HPV related cancers. She has more than 30 years of multidisciplinary experience. Prior to joining BJGMC-CRS, she was the medical manager at National AIDS Research Institute (NARI) for eight years, where she...

Sachin R. Atre, PhD

Study Coordinator
Pune, India
Sachin R. Atre, PhD
Sachin Atre is a medical anthropologist who has 18 years of experience in public health research. Since November 2015, he has served as the Study Coordinator for the study Impact of Diabetes on TB Treatment Outcomes, funded by NIH/NIAID funded project on “Impact of Diabetes on TB Treatment Outcomes” which is in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University USA, BJ Medical College, India and Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Pimpri, Pune, India. He played a key role in setting up a new study site at Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre and...

Shatabdi Bagchi, MSW, PhD

Senior Behavioural Scientist 
Pune, India
Shatabdi Bagchi, MSW, PhD
Dr. Bagchi is the Senior Behavioural Scientist at the BJGMC-JHU Clinical Research Site in Pune, India. She has completed her Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W) and Master of Social Work (M.S.W) from the Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India and her PhD in Social Science from the National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. She has handled several research and intervention projects and worked extensively with several vulnerable populations including indigenous people, ethnic minorities, women and children, and migrant populations for over 8 years...

Sagar Bhagwat, MBA, MS

Senior Grants and Contracts Analyst
Baltimore, Maryland
Sagar Bhagwat, MBA, MS
Mr. Bhagwat is the Senior Grants and Contracts Analyst for Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE) and manages the financial activities of the center along 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 CCGHE subcontracts and works closely with international collaborators in India, Uganda, United Kingdom as well as domestic collaborators within the US. Mr. Bhagwat is a part...

Colter Billings

Communications Specialist
Baltimore, Maryland
Colter Billings
Colter Billings is a Communications Specialist for JHII and CCGHE. He creates content and manages projects that amplify the mission and work of the JHII and the CCGHE. Generating and executing cross-platform communications plans, developing strategic messaging, tracking engagement and coordinating with other JHU communications teams are elements of that role. He joins CCGHE and JHII after four years as the Content and Marketing Strategist for Missouri State University-West Plains. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media from Northeastern University in Boston.

Prasad Bogam, MPH, PMP

Research Program Manager
Pune, India
Prasad Bogam
Prasad is a research program manager at the BJGMC-JHU clinical research site, Pune, India and is responsible for day to day management of program activities at the site. He works closely with leadership and supports proposal development, tracking progress of projects, and facilitating collaborations with affiliate institutions. Prasad joined the team in June 2020 with more than 10 years of diverse experience across public health, clinical research, and project management. He has worked with international nonprofit organizations including Jhpiego, PATH, Noora Health, where he worked in various...

Molly Bowen

Communications Manager
Baltimore, Maryland
Molly Bowen
Molly Bowen is Communications Manager for the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE) and for the Johns Hopkins India Institute (JHII). She joined CCGHE in 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience in infectious diseases communications. Molly develops CCGHE and JHII communications strategy, and she sets goals and devises plans for campaign implementation, oversight, and evaluation. She develops content, is managing editor, and oversees production for all CCGHE and JHII products across platforms to promote research, engage audiences, inform the public, and enhance...

Tania Chatterjee

Program Manager
Baltimore, Maryland
Tania Chatterjee
Tania is Program Manager for the Johns Hopkins India Institute. She currently 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...

Amol Chavan

Statistician and Junior Data Manager
Pune, India
Amol Chavan
Mr. Amol is the Statistician and Junior Data Manager at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College -JHU Clinical Research Site in Pune, India. He has 4 plus years of experience in statistical analysis and data management. He primarily manages the databases and QA/QC of TREATAsia studies. He has post graduate degree in statistics and provides many other analytics supports.

Gauri Dhumal, MSc, PhD

Study Coordinator
Pune, India
Dr. Gauri Dhumal
Dr. Dhumal is Study Coordinator for the Hybrid trial for Alcohol reduction among people with TB and HIV in India, or HATHI, which is addressing a major public health issue of the intersection of TB and/ HIV with alcohol use. Tailoring an evidence-based alcohol reduction intervention to patients with TB and/ HIV, integrating it into TB and/HIV care settings, and examining its effectiveness improving TB and TB/HIV treatment outcomes are critical steps to addressing TB in our communities. This study will provide cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational enhancement therapy to patients to...

Ruth Harley

Program Administrator
Baltimore, Maryland
Ruth Harley
Ruth Harley joined CCGHE in May 2021 as the Indo-US Program Administrator. She comes to CCGHE with over 10 years of program and project management experience, most recently in the Legal Department at Johns Hopkins Healthcare where she managed new process implementation and supported regulatory and compliance processes for Boards of Directors. Prior to that, she was a Sr. Associate at the American Red Cross International Services Department, focusing on grants and international operations. Ruth is originally from South Africa and is fluent in Afrikaans. As the Indo-US Program Administrator,...

Sadaf Aftab Inamdar, BPharm

Pharmacist of Record
Pune, India
Sadaf Aftab Inamdar, BPharm
Ms. Inamdar is a Pharmacist of Record at BJGMC-CRS , Pune, where she is responsible for study product management, supervision and training for pharmacy staff, establishment and implementation of internal policies and procedures, QA/QC management, inventory control, randomization procedures, study product preparation and dispensing, as well as counseling study participants regarding treatments, adherence monitoring, and product destruction. She is also responsible for preparing the applications for the in-country drug regulatory authority, DCGI and Zonal Officer CDSCO Mumbai. She is also...

Savita Kanade, MSc

Community Coordinator
Pune, India
Savita Kanade is working as Community and Outreach Coordinator for NIH funded clinical trials at BJGMC-CRS, Pune, India. At present she is serving as Field Representative on A5300B/I2003B/PHOENIx study. As part of NIH funded HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis clinical trials, since 2007, she was involved in recruitment and retention of participants in clinical trials and in identifying issues related to understanding barriers to participation and retention, addressing stigma and discrimination, administering informed consent, managing socio-cultural issues during the study participation, addressing...

Sameer Khan

Data Manager
Pune, India
Sameer Khan
Sameer Khan is Data Manager for the BJ Medical College Clinical Research Site ( BJGMC-CRS ) in Pune, India for clinical studies funded by two NIH trial networks: the AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG) and the International Maternal Paediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT). He has 19 years of experience in clinical data management, and has been working in computer science projects for the last 28 years. He worked as Database Administrator cum QA/QC administrator on a collaborative, NIH-funded clinical trial conducted by Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA and BJ Medical College...

Komal Arora

Senior Financial Manager
Pune, India
Komal Arora
Komal Arora is a Senior Financial Manager for the Johns Hopkins University Baltimore-India Clinical Trials Unit (JHUBI-CTU ) in Pune, India. She has a rich and extensive experience of more than 10 years in the development sector in Accounts payable, Taxation, Statutory Compliances, Partner Appraisals and Monitoring, and MIS. Clear understanding of policy and procedures of multinational donors like USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Department for International Development (DFID) Children Investment Foundation Fund (CIFF), Qatar Fund For Development(QFFD), Pepsico Foundation, and IKEA...

Vandana Kulkarni, MS

Laboratory Manager
Pune, India
Vandana Kulkarni, MS
Vandana Kulkarni has a master’s degree in microbiology and has completed the Professional Development Program for Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs in Biopharmaceutical Industry. Ms. Kulkarni is Laboratory Manager at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Clinical Research Site ( BJMC-CRS ) in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, where she has worked since September of 2004. During the last 11 years, she has worked in the research laboratory providing lab support to NIH-funded ACTG and IMPAACT trials as well other studies. She is responsible for the...

Spruha Kurlekar

Sr. Research Assistant
Baltimore, Maryland
Spruha Kurlekar
Spruha Kurlekar, CCGHE’s Sr. Research Assistant, provides research and knowledge management support. She manages the Indo-US student exchange program and supports technical tasks, data visualization, and productivity monitoring. Spruha received her MBBS from KEM Hospital in Mumbai and is a recent graduate of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, concentrating in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control. She has 3 years of experience as a research assistant and has helped conduct research on HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases in partnership with local and international partners. Spruha is...

Ivan Marbaniang, MBBS, MPH

Study Coordinator
Pune, India
Mr. Marbaniang is currenlty pursuing a PhD in epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal. He is former Study Coordinator at the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Clinical Research Site ( BJGMC-CRS ) in Pune, India, where he coordinated he antimicrobial/acute febrile illness and non-communicable diseases in HIV studies. He remains active in research with the Indo-JHU clinical research partnership. He received his Master of Public Health degree concentrating in epidemiology and biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in June 2015, where he was a...

Neetal Nevrekar, MBBS

Research Clinician
Pune, India
Neetal Nevrekar, MBBS
Dr. Neetal Nevrekar is a research clinician at BJMC-CRS in Pune, India, where she has worked since June 2010. She is experienced in the field of clinical research on HIV, and works on various IMPAACT and ACTG Network research protocols. She worked on research protocols A5207, A5253, and A5225 as a research officer. Presently working on protocols 1077BF and 1077FF (PROMISE), A5282, A5288, and P1078 as a study clinician. She screens and enrolls research participants, is involved in developing the source documents for research protocols, and in completing clinical record forms. She is also...

Smita Nimkar, MSc

Study Coordinator & Regulatory Coordinator
Pune, India
Smita Nimkar is Study Coordinator for TREATAsia, and Regulatory Coordinator and IRB/EC Liaison for the clinical research site (CRS) at BJ Government Medical College (BJGMC) in Pune, India. The BJGMC CRS is part of the Baltimore-Washington-India Clinical Trials Unit ( BWI-CTU ), which conducts clinical trials under the NIH ACTG and IMPAACT Trial Networks—along with the Johns Hopkins CRS (Baltimore, MD) and the Whitman Walker Health CRS (Washington, DC). She works with the India research team to ensure training on and compliance with scientific regulatory standards at all levels, assists with...

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