Rajiv Sarkar, PhD

Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Early Career Fellow

Rajiv Sarkar is a Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Early Career Fellow. His current research focuses on the epidemiology and control of hookworm infection in an endemic southern Indian tribal community. Hookworm and other soil transmitted helminths are an important but understudied public health problem in India and other developing countries. In this work, he aims to integrate robust epidemiological and molecular data to develop mathematical models of hookworm transmission, and identify control strategies that can achieve the greatest impact in the shortest period of time, particularly in "difficult-to-reach" populations where long term program sustainability is a problem.

Rajiv has a PhD in Epidemiology from Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. He was selected as the foreign-site Fogarty-Ellison Clinical Scholar for CMC Vellore in 2006; and was a Global Infectious Disease Research trainee from 2007-2013, during which he underwent training in statistical modeling and time-series analysis at Tufts University in Boston, USA. He also served as teaching assistant for a 14-lecture course in Intermediate Biostatistics for MPH students at Tufts University in 2010, and is involved in teaching Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Bioethics modules in the MPH program at CMC, Vellore.

He has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals and has presented his research findings in conferences, both in India and abroad. In 2013, he was awarded the Indian Journal of Medical and Pediatric Oncology (IJMPO) award for outstanding research conducted by a postgraduate student in CMC, Vellore.