Presentations

Sona Deshmukh, MBBS, MPH

Study Coordinator
Pune, India
Sona Deshmukh, MBBS, MPH
Dr. Deshmukh is Study Coordinator for the Tuberculosis-Diabetes study at the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College-JHU Clinical Research Site , funded by the NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Her research interests include the epidemiology of noncommunicable diseases and policy reforms for the same. The BJGMC Clinical Research Site is a member of a the Baltimore-Washington-India Clinical Trials Unit, a collaborative research partnership among BJGMC, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Whitman Walker Health in Washington, DC, to conduct 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...

Amita Nagaraj

Senior Financial Administrator
Pune, India
Amita Nagaraj
Ms. Nagaraj (Seymour) has a bachelor’s degree in commerce majoring in accounting, and has fourteen years of experience in budgeting and monitoring all financial and administrative aspects of the BJMC subcontracts. She is currently Senior Financial Administrator for the BJGMC Clinical Research Site ( BJGMC-CRS ) in India. She is responsible for preparing all budgets and justifications for the BJGMC-CRS; ensuring compliance with the sponsor procurement requirements; overseeing HR with regard to staff contracts, payroll, taxes; ensuring that all expenses are correctly and timely recorded;...

Mandar Paradkar, MBBS, DCH, MPH

Study Coordinator
Pune, India
Mandar Paradkar, MBBS, DCH, MPH
Dr. Paradkar is Study Coordinator at the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Clinical Research Site ( BJGMC-CRS ) in Pune, India. He coordinates Tuberculosis Research by the Indo-US Medical Partnership (CTRIUMPh), and upcoming pediatric TB studies: SHINE and TBM Kids trial. He is a pediatrician by training and successfully completed the full time Master of Public Health degree through Cardiff University, UK, under the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship Program in November, 2015. He rejoined the site in role of study coordinator December 2015. In his current role, he coordinates...

Sagar Bhagwat, MBA, MS

Grants and Contracts Analyst
Sagar Bhagwat
Mr. Bhagwat is Grants and Contract Analyst for CCGHE. He works with the Financial Manager to support financial activities for CCGHE. He works on sponsored research pre and post award activity, reconciliation of non-sponsored and sponsored accounts, and monitoring of expenses. Mr. Bhagwat collaborates with the Office of Sponsored Projects in the Department of Medicine, the Office of Research Administration (ORA) at the School of Medicine, the Department Finance Office, and with external funding agencies to process grant and contract applications. He joins Johns Hopkins with 3 years' accounting...

Shri Vijay Bala Yogendra Shivakumar, MD

Project Coordinator
Pune, India
Shri Vijay Bala Yogendra Shivakumar, MD
Dr. Shivakumar is a clinician and project coordinator for C-TRIUMPH at Johns Hopkins University, India office. He recently joined the CCGHE team as an overall project coordinator for C-TRIUMPH for both Chennai and Pune. His research interests are TB infection transmission and its progression to disease. Dr. Shivakumar joined National Institute for Research in TB in Chennai as a clinician and study coordinator for C-TRUIMPH, an epidemiological study recruiting a cohort of TB patients and their household contacts and following their health over a period of 2 years. This study includes multiple...

Ivan Marbaniang, MBBS, MPH

Study Coordinator
Pune, India
Dr. Marbaniang is Study Coordinator at the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Clinical Research Site ( BJGMC-CRS ) in Pune, India, where he coordinates the antimicrobial/acute febrile illness and non-communicable diseases in HIV studies. He oversees the recruitment of participants and their subsequent linkage to care, ensuring the conduct of the studies according to study protocol as well as data management and analyses. He received his Master of Public Health degree concentrating in epidemiology and biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in June...

Gauri Dhumal, MSc, PhD

Program Manager, BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Training Program
Pune, India
Dr. Dhumal is Program Manager for the BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Training Program . The Fogarty Program is a five-year partnership with the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College in Puna, India, designed to establish a cadre of highly trained faculty to build institutional capacity for, and lead, HIV and tuberculosis research. Dr. Dhumal is an anthropologist with a public health background and expertise in research, project management, clinical trial, epidemiology and teaching. She is author of many national and international publications, and has presented research findings at national and...

Linda Bucay

MPH Student
Linda Bucay is an MPH student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concentrating in social and behavioral sciences. She began working with Dr. Kathleen Page in July 2016 to conduct research on the mental health needs of, and access to health care for, Spanish-speaking immigrant populations. Previously, she worked in clinical research in different regions of Mexico, primarily related to mental health and substance use disorders. Her research interests include health disparities, social and structural determinants of health as well as the improvement of health care services...

Kristin Thomas

Baltimore, Maryland
Kristin Thomas
Kristin Thomas is a MSPH candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studying social and behavioral interventions in international health. She specializes in mHealth, qualitative research methods, and health communications. Ms. Thomas joined Dr. Larry Chang’s mLAKE study in Spring 2015 and traveled to Rakai District, Uganda during the summer to join the team at the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP). RHSP is a leader in HIV/AIDS research in Uganda. The mLAKE study seeks to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of an mHealth-guided HIV counseling...

Shivani Mehta

Baltimore, Maryland
Shivani Mehta is a BS/BA candidate (2018) in public health at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, who is working with Drs. Rupak Shivakoti and Mallika Alexander on Maternal Inflammation, Diet and Gut Microbiome in HIV: Impact on Infant Outcomes. Ms. Mehta spent June and July 2016 at BJGMC in Pune, India, working under Dr. Alexander. Awards 2016 Global Health Established Field Placement Grant 2016 Johns Hopkins Provost Undergradulate Research Award for 2016-17 From Ms. Mehta's Field Report: This week, as the patients come in, I have been sitting with the counselors and...

Abhilash Suresh

Baltimore, Maryland
Abhilash Suresh is a BS candidate in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering (2018), who worked with Drs. Akshay Gupte and Shri Vijay Bala Yogendra Shivakumar on the C-TRIUMPH substudy on Residual Respiratory Impairment Following Pulmonary Tuberculosis. During May and June 2016 he conducted a field placement in Chennai, India, at the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis where he worked under Dr. Shivakumar. Awards 2016 Global Health Established Field Placement Grant From Mr. Suresh's Field Report: This placement opened my eyes to how healthcare works...

Saraniya Tharmarajah

Saraniya Tharmarajah is a public health studies student at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (2017). During June-July 2015, she conducted a field study placement at the National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis in Chennai, India, where she worked on the C-TRIUMPH lung health substudy. Ms. Tharmarajah is a 2015 recipient of the Global Health Established Field Placement Grant.

Prarthana Vasudevan

Baltimore, Maryland
Prar Vasudevan is an international health graduate student at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. In Autumn 2015, she conducted a field placement in Pune, India, at BJGMC under Dr. Vidya Mave, where she worked on the study titled Maternal Inflammation, Diet and Gut Microbiome in HIV: Impact on Infant Outcomes. She is a 2015 recipient of the Global Health Established Field Placement Grant. From Prar Vasudevan's Field Report: At BJMC, I had the opportunity to make rounds in the hospital’s ART Clinic, Labor & Delivery wards, and children’s wards. I was immediately struck by the fact...

Naira Kalra

Naira Kalra is a doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2019). In 2015, she conducted a field study in Pune, India, under the guidance of Dr. Anita Shankar, on interventions that address gender-based violence and reproductive health. She is a 2015 recipent of the Global Health Established Field Placement Grant.

Yasmin Ogale

Yasmin Ogale received her MPH from Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015. From September to December 2014, she conducted a field study in Pune, India, under the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Golub, on indoor air pollution and tuberculosis. Ms. Ogale is a 2014 recipent of the Global Health Established Field Placement Grant.

Sana Haider

Baltimore, Maryland
Ms. Haider is an undergraduate at the University of Maryland majoring in behavioral and community health. She is working with Dr. Kathleen Page. She is a 2016-17 recipient of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar Award

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.

Katharine Bergstrom, MS, CCRP

IRB and Regulatory Specialist
Ms. Bergstrom is CCGHE's IRB and Regulatory Specialist for the Indo-JHU research partnership. She brings more than 15 years of experience to the University, including preclinical and clinical research support, focusing on regulatory, monitoring, and the coordination and management of the development of clinical trial protocols. She provides protocol support, training, and closely collaborates with the US study team and international research site investigators and study personnel to ensure compliance with institutional, local, and national regulatory standards. She provides regulatory support...

Aima Ahonkhai, M.D.

Baltimore, Maryland
Kathleen Page was a mentor in 2007-2008 for Ms. Ahonkhai, who is now Assistant Professor: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Division of Infectious Diseases. Awards: HIVMA Minority Fellowship.

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