Rahul Rajkumar, MD

Pune, India
Dr. Rahul Rajkumar visited BJGMC from January 9, 2018 to January 20, 2018, where he provided targeted lab support on a CDC ShePHERD protocol, "Healthcare-Associated Sepsis in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Pune, India." Dr. Rajkumar is a Johns Hopkins Master of Public Health (MPH) student with a medical degree. Dr. Rajkumar is mentored by Dr. Yuka Manabe, and worked under Derek Armstrong, a Johns Hopkins microbiologist who collaborates closely with BJGMC on lab strengthening activities. Whiel on site, Dr. Rajkumar supported Derek Armstrong in conducting quality checks of specific...

Lubaina Arsiwala

Lubaina Arsiwala
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. She visited BJGMC from June 18, 2018, to August 11, 2018, to provide support to the BJGMC Clinical Research Site. She 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...

Pranay Vishwanath

Baltimore, Maryland
Pranay Vishwanath is a master's candidate in the field of Bioinformatics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and anticipated to graduate in Fall 2018. He is working with Drs. Amita Gupta and Jeffrey Tornheim, and is focusing on organization of data and generation/streamlining of bioinformatic pipelines for analysis of TB drug resistance assays. He received a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in 2016.

Alison Pack, MAS

Baltimore, Maryland
Alison Pack
Alison Pack is Program Administrator at CCGHE where she is responsible for grants development and project management for the India Clinical Research portfolio. This portfolio includes complex TB and HIV clinical research studies being implemented in partnership with academic institutions in India. She also plays a role in tracking deliverables, coordinating among collaborators, and managing field research opportunities for students and junior researchers interested in infectious diseases in India. Prior to CCGHE, Ms. Pack worked for Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security where she provided...

Jessica Elf, MPH, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Jessica Elf was a post doctoral fellow in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her primary research focus was 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 and PhD the...

Puja Chebrolu

Global Health Research Fellow
Puja Chebrolu
Dr. Chebrolu is an Internal Medicine physician and a Cornell Global Health Research Fellow. She is working with Dr Jyoti Mathad and Dr Mallika Alexander at BJGMC primarily to study gestational diabetes within the PRACHITI cohort. She will be working with BJMC over the next 3 years and plans to study diabetes in other study populations as well.

Matt Robinson, MD

Research Fellow
Baltimore, Maryland
Matthew Robinson, MD, is a research fellow 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. Matt is working with Dr. Gupta, Dr. Mave, and Dr. Cosgrove to assess the etiology of febrile illness in patients presenting to a hospital in Pune, India and to determine how diagnosis impacts antibiotic use. He is also working on a CDC-funded project to evaluate the source of antimicrobial...

Akshay Gupte, PhD, MBBS, MSPH

Junior Investigator
Akshay Gupte
Akshay Gupte is a junior investigator trained in medicine, clinical research, and global health. 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. Dr. Gupte leads an Indo-US collaborative study exploring the impact of TB disease; alone and in combination with smoking, air pollution, HIV and diabetes mellitus; on respiratory impairment and risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in India. He is also a co-investigator on the CTRIUMPH study—a multi-center cohort...

Martha Kirabo, MBChB

Uganda Fogarty Scholar
Dr Martha Kirabo
Dr Martha Kirabo is a medical doctor from Uganda. She earned her MBChB from Makerere University. A Fogarty fellow, she is undertaking Master of Public Health training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to JHSPH, she practiced as a clinical research doctor at the Uganda Case Western Reserve University Research Collaboration in Kampala, working in the Clinical trials department as a safety and pharmacovigilance officer. She is interested in attaining skills in epidemiological and biostatistical methods in public health and clinical research, infectious disease...

Matthew Riesner, MA

IRB and Regulatory Specialist
Baltimore, Maryland
Matthew Riesner
Mr. Riesner is the IRB and Regulatory Specialist for CCGHE. He has worked in various research related roles over the past 13 years, including 12 years at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Riesner has approximately 5 years of combined experience working at both a commercial IRB and at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine IRB and has 6 years experience working in various research related roles. Mr. Riesner performs various research regulatory functions for the Indo-JHU CCGHE group including the creation of IRB submissions (initial applications, annual Continuing Review of existing studies,...

Mullika Yowell, MBA

Baltimore, Maryland
Mullika Yoweel, Budget Analyst
Ms. Yowell is a Budget Analyst for CCGHE. She works with the Financial Manager to support financial activities the pre-and post-award functions, including budget development, account reconciliation, and compliance among other related duties. She joins CCGHE after 4 years with the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She received a master’s degree in business administration and international business from the University of Baltimore.

Madhurya Amirapu

Madhurya Amirapu
Madhurya Amirapu, a student at Basaveshwara Medical College, just spent 3 months doing a research elective with Dr. Jeff Tornheim at CCGHE. Learn more about her experience!

Alejandra Flores-Miller

Research Program Coordinator - Bilingual
Alejandra Flores-Miller
Alejandra Flores Miller works as a Research Program Coordinator for a PCORI-funded randomized controlled study evaluating the impact of a mHealth-enhanced retention support on HIV virologic suppression. She has worked in several research projects and has conducted in depth interviews, focus groups, planned CAB meetings and have worked with quantitative and qualitative data. In 2008 she helped with the development and implementation of the Latino Outreach Program which consisted in identify venues and opportunities to promote our HIV/STI prevention in the Latino community in a culturally...

Sonya Krishnan, MD

Clinical Fellow
Baltimore, Maryland
Sonya Krishnan, MD
Sonya Krishnan, MD, is a clinical fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has joined Dr. Amita Gupta’s lab and will be studying host biomarkers of HIV/TB and TB outcomes with particular interest in understanding inflammation pathways, their impacts and potential therapies. During the 2020-2021 academic year she will also be pursing additional training via the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Graduate Training Program In Clinical Investigation. Dr. Krishnan grew up in Minnesota and completed her undergraduate studies at Carleton...