Current Scholars

Lubaina Arsiwala

Pune, India
Dr. Arsiwala is visiting BJGMC from June 18, 2018, to August 11, 2018, to provide support to the BJGMC Clinical Research Site. Dr. Arsiwala is a Johns Hopkins Masters of Health Science student with a Bachelor in Dental Survey from DY Patil University School of Dentistry, Navi Mumbai, India. Dr. Arsiwala is working with Dr. Matthew Robinson to support to ongoing studies, including “Antimicrobial Use and Diagnosis among Hospitalized Febrile Patients in Pune, India” and “Prevalence and Risk Factors for Oral Cancer among HIV-Infected Adults.” Dr. Arsiwala received funding for her visit through...

Anita Basavaraj, MD

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Dr. Anita Basavaraj
Dr Anita Basavaraj has done her MBBS from Nagpur University with Honors in Surgery (1987). Thereafter she did her MD in Medicine (1990) and her Diplomat of National Board (D.N.B.) in 1992.She has done her post graduate Diploma in geriatric Medicine (P.G.D.G.M.) winning the university Gold Medal by virtue of standing first in the country (2012), which is a distant education venture run by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

Dr. Vasudha Belgaumkar

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Dr. Vasudha Belgaumkar
Dr.Vasudha has completed her undergraduate medical education from S.B.H. Government Medical College, Dhule,Maharashtra .A meritorious student throughout, she topped her first and final year University examinations. She is presently working as Associate Professor of Dermatology at B.J. Government Medical College, Pune. Having completed her post-graduation in Dermatology, Venereology (including HIV) and Leprology from this premier institute, she has acquired clinical skills as well as an affinity for research.

Dr. Smita Deshpande

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
My research interests have been: Rapid diagnostic methods for Acute pyogenic meningitis, Diagnosis of enteric fever , Role of Methicillin resistance Staph aureus in infections, Molecular diagnosis of Leptospirosis, Rapid diagnosis of MDR-TB by REMA ( Resasurine Micro titre Plate Assay)and by Line Probe Assay.

Jessica Elf, MPH, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow
Jessica Elf, MPH, PhD
Jessica Elf, MPH, PhD, is a post doctoral fellow in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her primary research focus has been on the epidemiology and health impacts of tobacco use and exposure to indoor air pollution from the combustion of biomass fuels. She is a former Fogarty Fellow who lived and worked in Pune, India conducting research for her thesis project, which investigated the association between indoor air pollution and tuberculosis. She completed her undergraduate education in nutrition at the University of Florida and received an MPH...

Sunita Girish, PhD

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Education : Ph.D, Pune University, 2005 (Medical Biochemistry) title “Antioxidant Status in Leprosy.” Overview : How to improve health systems to combat various infectious diseases like Leprosy, Tuberculosis and HIV in developing countries, is a research and policy issue that affects many aspects of public health. My research interests include further to understand molecular level changes in cystic fibrosis which is under diagnosed .My interests also involve innovations in molecular techniques dealing with infectious diseases, help governments in developing countries to improve and modify...

Suzanne Grieb, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow
Kathleen Page is primary mentor for Dr. Grieb, post-doctoral fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Outcomes: Urban Health Institute Award ($5000); Panelist, Center for AIDS Research for Townhouse Meeting Oct. 9, 2013; Session Chair and Oral Presentation, 73st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Denver March 19-23, 2013; 1 first author peer-reviewed publication

Akshay Gupte, PhD, MBBS, MSPH

Junior Investigator
Akshay Gupte
Akshay Gupte is a junior investigator trained in medicine, clinical research, and global health. He recently completed his doctoral training in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). His research interests include exploring approaches to host directed adjuvant therapies in tuberculosis (TB) and studying the impact of TB and HIV on lung health of populations. Akshay is leading an Indo-US collaborative study aimed at exploring the impact of TB disease; alone and in combination with smoking, air pollution, HIV and diabetes mellitus...

Amit Kale, MS

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Dr. Amit Kale
I am working as associate professor in orthopedics. Currently, I am conducting various drug trials for rheumatoid arthritis.

Aarti Avinash Kinikar, MD

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Education : MBBS (1984); DCH (1988); MD-Paediatrics (1988), DNB-Paediatrics (2003); MRCP-UK (1995). Medical Education- Grant Medical College – Mumbai University, India.

Spruha Kurlekar

Spruha Kurlekar
Spruha Kurlekar is a final year MBBS student in Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, who is working with Dr. Matt Robinson on antimcrobial resistance in India. In her latest University Examinations, she secured a 'first-class' grade along with a distinction in ENT. Spruha follows a detail-oriented approach and has won praise from teachers and colleagues for her contributions during postings. A conscientious learner, Spruha is excited by the prospect of being a well-rounded, practical, and compassionate doctor. Spruha is interested in research and participated in a 'Clinical...

Rahul Lokhande, MD

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Dr. Rahul Lokhande
He is Unit In charge at B J Government Medical college and Sassoon Hospital Pune . He has special Interest in Bronchoscopy and Respiratory Intensive Care Unit of Sassoon Hospital.

Andrés Mallipudi

Andrés Mallipudi
Andrés Mallipudi is a medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate work in molecular biology at Brigham Young University. His research interests include Latino and immigrant health care disparities, environmental influences on the development of multidrug-resistant infections, and the impact of climate change on health outcomes. Andrés works with Dr. Kathleen Page, in collaboration with Centro SOL, on survey based assessments of parental administration of non-prescription antibiotics to children in Baltimore’s growing Latino population. He...

Nicky Mehtani, MD

Pune, India
Dr. Mehtani is a second year internal medicine resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After studying Global Health Technologies as an undergraduate at Rice University, she pursued a medical degree at Johns Hopkins, where she also earned her MPH at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. As an MPH and medical student, she worked with Dr. Kathleen Page in 2015-2016, analyzing Baltimore City STI surveillance data to help understand the initial effects of the Affordable Care Act on the demand for publicly-funded STD Clinics, and she continued to work on a three-year follow-up study of this issue as a...

Matthew Murrill

Baltimore, Maryland
Matthew Murrill
Matthew Murrill is an MD-PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2016, he was named an IDSA Education and Research Foundation Medical Scholar. After completing undergraduate studies in chemistry at Maryville College, he moved to Kolkata, India, as a Fulbright-Nehru fellow to research the sources and health effects of groundwater arsenic contamination in Eastern India with the School of Environmental Studies - Jadavpur University. He then worked for Calcutta Kids, a non-governmental organization, to establish a childhood diarrhea...

Dr. Shilpa Naik

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Dr. Shilpa Naik
I am working as an Associate Professor & Unit Incharge since 2009 in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at B.J.Govt Medical College & Sassoon General Hospitals Pune. I have been managing High Risk Obstetrics and has keen interest in Critical Care Obstetrics.

Geeta Shrikar Pardeshi, MD

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Dr. Geeta Shrikar Pardeshi
I have led research projects related to Reproductive and Child Health, Sanitation and Infectious diseases. As part of the BJGMC JHU Fogarty training program in HIV-TB, I have research interest in TB epidemiology. I am interested in studying the association of co-morbidities with clinical presentation and treatment outcomes in tuberculosis.

Matt Robinson, MD

Infectious Disease Fellow
Baltimore, Maryland
Matthew Robinson, MD, is a clinical fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research interests include evaluating the etiology of febrile illness in resource limited settings using conventional and novel diagnostic techniques. Matt is working with Dr. Gupta and Dr. Mave to assess the etiology of febrile illness in patients presenting to a hospital in Pune, India. After completing his undergraduate and medical training at Northwestern University, he completed internal medicine residency at New York University. During medical school, he...

Sangita Shelke, MD

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Dr. Sangita Shelke
Indeed TB is a social disease with so many social problems especially the women suffering from TB/HIV undergoes a pathetic life situation. Women are silent suffers, of both HIV and TB in male dominated society of India. My ultimate desire is if I can make a difference in the lives of these silent suffers.

Josh Singer

Baltimore, Maryland
Josh Singer is an undergraduate at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He is working with Dr. Kathleen Page.

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