I am a demographer and population health scientist and primarily study low and middle-income countries. My research goals are to figure out why some individuals live longer lives than others and to identify and test ways of improving adult health. I also work on developing demographic and epidemiological methods for the study of population health.
I am currently a Research Group Leader (Assistant Professor) at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health where I lead the Demography and Health Policy group. Before Heidelberg, I was a David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Population and Development Studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I completed a PhD in Demography and an MA in Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPH in Global Health from Emory University, and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. I am also a Senior Research Fellow in Health Systems at IFMR LEAD in Chennai, India, a Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Research Affiliate in Population and Health at the Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health in Maharashtra, India.