Presentations

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, 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 has developed and co-developed various...

Bhakti Hansoti, MBChB, MPH

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Bhakti Hansoti, MBChB, MPH
Dr. Hansoti is Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine, and honorary lecturer at the Department of Surgery at the University of Cape Town South Africa. She is also a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and at the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education. Dr. Hansoti’s professional interests include evaluating emergency care and acute care interventions in low resource settings internationally. This is intimately tied with development of research methodology and validated outcome metrics to suitable evaluate...

Anita Shankar, PhD, MS

Medical Anthropologist, Public Health Researcher
Anita Shankar, PhD, MS
Dr. Shankar is a medical anthropologist and public health researcher with Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the Center for Global Clean Air. She is also a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education. She has more than 20 years of experience in research and programs focused on women’s empowerment, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, community mobilization, and human resource capacity building. While serving as faculty with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...

Kelly Dooley, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Molecular Sciences
Kelly Dooley, MD
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...

Jeff Tornheim, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Jeff Tornheim, MD, MPH
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...

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. 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 impacts antibiotic use. He is also working on a CDC-funded project to evaluate the source of antimicrobial resistance among neonates admitted to critical...

Alvin Thomas, MSPH

Baltimore, Maryland
Alvin Thomas
Alvin Thomas graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2016 with an MSPH in international health. Under the guidance of CCGHE's Dr. Larry Chang, Alvin worked with the mLAKE (Lakefolk Actively Keeping Engaged) and EMAI Rakai (Ecological Momentary Analysis and Intervention) studies in Uganda. Both studies are a partnership with the Rakai Health Science Program (RHSP) and use software developed by the award-winning emocha mobile health platform (http://www.emocha.com). The mLAKE intervention trains community health workers to deliver...

Eva Bugos, MSPH

Baltimore, Maryland
Eva Bugos
Eva Bugos graduated from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2016 with an MSPH in population, family and reproductive health Eva worked with Dr. Larry Chang on the mLAKE (Lakefolk Actively Keeping Engaged) and EMAI-Rakai (Ecological Momentary Analysis and Intervention) studies in Uganda. Both are mHealth studies conducted in partnership with the Rakai Health Sciences Program in Rakai, Uganda. The mLAKE study is a cluster-randomized intervention that trains community health workers to provide counseling to promote uptake of HIV services. The EMAI study is assessing the use of...

Amanda Long, MSPH

Baltimore, Maryland
Amanda Long graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in May 2016 with an MSPH in international health. She worked with Dr. Larry Chang on a mHealth and HIV counseling study in Rakai, Uganda. She traveled to Uganda from July to November 2015 to help kick off the study, titled mLAKE (Lakefolk Actively Keeping Engaged). Her role included community sensitization of the study, Community Health Worker (CHW) recruitment and training, and process evaluations to assess study progress and CHW performance. She also assisted with monitoring CHW performance and other program...

Matthew Murrill

Baltimore, Maryland
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...

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...

Gayatri Marathe, MSc, ScM

Repository Manager
Gayatri Marathe
Ms. Marathe currently works as the Repository Manager at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College-JHU Clinical Trials Unit , a collaborative research partnership in Pune. In this role, she is responsible for specimen management with Laboratory Data Management System and other databases for the ongoing ACTG, IMPAACT, and other studies at the site. She is responsible for storage and retrieval of specimens for current and future studies. Ms. Marathe manages the maintenance of freezers and other biorepository related equipment and the QA/QC programs to enssure quality of the specimen...

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...

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...

Neeta Pradhan

Tuberculosis Laboratory Coordinator
Pune, India
Neeta Pradhan
Neeta Pradhan is TB Laboratory Coordinator at the BJGMC-CRS in Pune, India. She has worked as Laboratory Manager at Golwilkar Metropolis Health Services where she was responsible for technical and quality aspects of laboratory testing. She worked as a Laboratory Coordinator at NARI (National AIDS Research Institute) Clinical Trial Unit for various NIH-funded clinical stuies in the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), the AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG), and the Microbicide Trial Network (MTN). She was responsible for lab quality management, administration, monitoring and supervision, and...

Sandesh Patil, MBBS, DGO, MPH

Clinical Coordinator
Pune, India
Sandesh Patil, MBBS, DGO
Dr. Sandesh Patil is a Clinical Coordinator with John Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE) and the BJGMC-CRS , based in Pune, India. He has more than 12 years of experience in clinical research and has worked in different capacities including as Research Officer and Study Clinician in NIH-funded ACTG and IMPAACT network clinical trials. He was actively involved in the SWEN India trial which helped WHO to reform PMTCT guidelines among breastfed infants. He has a post graduate degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has pursued Clinical Research as a career and interest...

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...

Savita Kanade, MSc

Community Coordinator
Pune, India
Savita Kanade is working as Community Coordinator for NIH funded clinical trials at BJGMC-CRS , Pune, India. At present she is serving as Co-chair on Outreach Recruitment and Retention subcommittee (OR&R) of SMCCC, ACTG. Her main duties as co-chair include developing agenda for monthly conference calls and OR&R business sessions at ACTG leadership retreat meetings, recording and distributing summaries of calls and meetings to parent committee, identify and address ACTG sites needs related to study recruitment and retention, facilitating development of and designing study recruitment...

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 12 years of experience in clinical data management, and has been working in computer science projects for the last 20 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...

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