Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs
615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore , Maryland
ScD, Johns Hopkins University, 1992
MS, Princeton University
BSc, Statistics and Economics, University of Cape Town, 1978 MS, Mathematical Statistics, Princeton University, 1982 ScD, International Health, Johns Hopkins University, 1992 My research aims to reduce mortality and morbidity in under-served populations in the United States and abroad. The underlying discipline bases for this research are epidemiology, community randomized trials and biostatistics. Areas of focus include (1) macro and micronutrient deficiencies, (2) neonatal and maternal health, (3) interaction between nutrition and infection, (4) ophthalmic epidemiology and blindness prevention. Current projects include 1. A randomized trial to assess the impact of newborn massage with mustard seed versus sunflower seed oil on neonatal morbidity and mortality in rural Nepal. 2. A randomized trial to assess the impact of maternal influenza vaccination on respiratory infections in mothers and infants in Sarlahi, Nepal. 3. Pertussis incidence, risk factors and maternal antibody transfer among young infants in rural Nepal. 4. Step wedge trial to assess the impact of improving cook stoves to reduce indoor air pollution and respiratory infections in young children in rural Nepal. 5. Global and regional estimation of the neonatal and infant mortality burden of being born preterm and/or small for gestational age, and maternal risk factors for preterm and/or small for gestational age outcomes through the Child Health Epidemiology Research Group (CHERG). 6. A study to examine whether iron and/or zinc supplementation in utero and/or in early childhood (prior to age 3) has an impact on cognition at age 7-9 years in rural Nepal.
2011 Johns Hopkins Alumni Knowledge for the World Award 2011 Global Health Excellence in Advising Award, Johns Hopkins University 2011 Golden Apple teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2002, 2005, 2011 2009 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Fellow 2009 American Academy of Ophthalmology Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Profession of Ophthalmology Fellow, American College of Epidemiology, 1994 Delta Omega, 1993
epidemiology, biostatistics, community trials, vitamin A, iron, zinc, micronutrients, neonatal and maternal health, adolescent pregnancy, reproductive health, respiratory infections, ophthalmology, blindness and visual impairment, Nepal, Bangladesh.