Samhita Bhat
University of California- Berkley

Samhita spent 6 weeks in the summer of 2022 working on an impact evaluation project assessing Accredited Social Health Activis (ASHAs) and Anganwadi workers (AWWs) on the cervical cancer screening program that Public Health Research Institute of India (PHRII) conducts. A Molecular/ Cell Biology and Public Health student, Samhita was part of this regional qualitative study lead by the PHRII Staff.

Nikhita Gopisetty
Duke University

Nikhita is a Master’s of Science candidate in Global Health at Duke University. She is also a Rising Senior double majoring in Global Health and Biomedical Engineering. During her summer internship at PHRII she implemented a research project titled “Experiences with Diabetes in Young Adults in Mysore District”.  This projected was funded by the Duke University Undergraduate Research Program.    

Leona Hariharan
Brown University

Leona, a Neuroscience and Theatre Arts major, examined training modules for accredited social health activists (ASHAs), community health workers who are employed by the India Ministry of Health and tasked with supporting maternal and child health in rural regions. She was particularly interested in exploring the similarities and differences between ASHAs and doulas perceptions of their work. Leona also developed a man's guide to pregancy. 

Nimithamohan K.
JSS Medical School

Namitha completed her Masters of Public Health (MPH) required internship at PHRII in summer 2022. During her time at PHRII, Namitha chose to examine  the menopausal symptoms and support received among the rural women’s across Mysore district. She also gained skills in mixed methodologies and applied global health training.

Divya K. L.
JSS Medical School

Divya is earning her Masters of Public Health (MPH) at the JSS Medical School. As part of  her practicum project at PHRI, Divya  worked on a study that looked at menopausal symptoms and perceived social support among rural women in the Mysuru district. Divya assisted health outreach workers surveying women in tribal villages.

Ika Lin
University of Arizona

Ika is earning her BS in Nuero and Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona- Tuscon. She spent her time working on lab protocols to isolate miRNA from serum samples using the Qiagen miRNeasy kit. She also assited Dr. Subbarao of JSS Medical College with  runing cDNA synthesis and RT-qPCR with RNA samples

Priyanka Ravi
University of Arizona

Priyanka is a doctoral student at the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona. Her research focused on the reproductive health challenges among women tobacco farmers in Mysore District.