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Ruchita Balasubramanian

PhD Student
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

Ruchita is a PhD student in Population Health Sciences concentrating in infectious disease epidemiology, advised by Dr. Bill Hanage. She graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with a degree in Molecular Biology and minors in Engineering Biology and Global Health and Health Policy, and additionally received an MPhil in Veterinary Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2021. Prior to coming to Harvard, she was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellowship to identify novel methods to conduct antimicrobial resistance surveillance in India, and was a research assistant in the epidemiology department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, developing mathematical models to quantify the impact of preventative interventions on TB and HIV transmission. Her current research interests involve using a combination of genomic, epidemiological and mathematical methods to understand how antimicrobial resistance evolves in the face of preventative public health interventions.