JULY 15, 2022

Congratulations Dr. Ramachandran!
Gurumurthy “Ram” Ramachandran, PhD, MS, professor in Environmental Health and Engineering, was voted president-elect of the Bloomberg School Faculty Senate. He will serve a three-year term from September 2022 to August 2025.
GKII Webinar Series
Drs. Steven Clipman and Sunil Solomon recently spoke about their work on computational and programmatic innovations to improve HIV prevention and care in India.
Gupta-Klinsky India Institute Executive Director
Interested in working with GKII? We are reviewing candidates for a newly-created Executive Director position to create a supportive, open, participatory, and results-oriented working environment. This position will support the network of GKII faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as collaborating partners and supporters, to ultimately deliver on the mission and strategic goals of GKII.
The Executive Director will be responsible for support and delivery of all GKII activities, including stakeholder engagement, strategic development and implementation, financial performance and sustainability.
Dr. Julia Johnson
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology
Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health

Dr. Julia Johnson has dedicated her career to researching ways hospitals can help newborns avoid catching infections. In collaboration with her colleagues in the infectious disease department, she's led a multidisciplinary research team for three different CDC-funded studies focused on neonatal healthcare-associated infections in low-resource settings.
Her research in India focuses on the epidemiology of bloodstream infections in the NICU and identification of reservoirs of transmission for resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Utilization of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to improve health care worker adherence to infection prevention best practices, and assessing the role mothers play in passing on pathogens are just some of the ways they're working toward this.
Additionally, Dr. Johnson is a co-investigator on CDC-supported work to strengthen surveillance for emerging resistant infections and infection prevention practices in multiple Indian tertiary care facilities. She mentors multiple trainees in global health and neonatal infection prevention, and she serves as an advisor for the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Residency Program Global Health track.
In 2022, she was selected to serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Global Health Subcommittee.
She was awarded a K23 mentored career development award by the National Institutes of Health in July 2020, which she is using to support her work.
Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is jointly appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of International Health (Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program).
Dr. Johnson graduated from the College of William & Mary with majors in biology and international relations. She is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed pediatric residency and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Johnson joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2017, but has been a member of the Johns Hopkins University network for more than 12 years.
She completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2020. Her thesis, “Healthcare-associated Bloodstream Infections in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Pune, India: Epidemiology and Reduction of Risk”, focused on quality improvement and patient safety interventions in four Indian NICUs.
Wednesday, July 2o, 2022
9 a.m. EST/6:30 p.m. IST

Don't forget to register for GKII's Summer Townhall session! Faculty co-chairs David Peters and Amita Gupta discuss philanthropy announcements, the latest and greatest from GKII, lightning talks by faculty members, and an informational Q&A.
Fogarty International Center

India, home to one in every six people on the planet, has one of the highest rates of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the world. As a Fogarty Global Health Fellow, Dr. Matt Robinson worked in Pune, India, to characterize the burden of antimicrobial resistance among hospitalized patients with fever illnesses. “Fever is the most common reason why people in India seek medical care and we found that almost every patient hospitalized with fever received antibiotics—despite mosquito-borne diseases, which are not treated by antibiotics, being the cause of most of these illnesses,” said Robinson.
Medium, June 30, 2022

“The majority of stigmatization and discrimination our community faces stems from a lack of awareness about what it means to be LGBTQI+, especially after the highest court of this country has recognized our rights in India,” Simran Bharucha, director of Transgender Health for the ACCELERATE program explains. “More emphasis is needed to transform legal protection to social awareness and respectful attitudes and practices.”
The Print, June 28, 2022

Drs. Anju Malhotra and Amita Gupta explain how the lack of advancement opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — STEM — careers among Indian women is holding India back from realizing its full potential. They discuss how there are many reasons Indian women don’t reach greater heights in STEM, which doesn’t only affect them but also has far-reaching implications for India’s economy and global impact.
The Times of India, June 28, 2022

A study by Pune-based Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) has revealed that the national lockdown, starting March 25, 2020, helped delay the Covid-19 pandemic peak during the first wave by over eight weeks in the city.
The Nation, July 5, 2022

“More than a million Accredited Social Health Activists, all of whom are female, were on the front lines of rural India’s Covid response. Now they are fighting for higher pay and better working conditions.”
JHU Dept. of Medicine Program Officer
The Program Officer will provide technical and programmatic assistance to an HIV prevention and treatment initiative in India, funded by USAID and EJAF. This role will serve as the program’s consistent link between the Leadership and Analytical Core of the program and other locations (domestically and internationally) and provide day-to-day problem solving, technical input, writing and editing, report submissions, and procurement processing required by the program.
AIIS 2022 Fellowship Competition
Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2022
The American Institute of Indian Studies announced its 2022 fellowship competition, and invites applications from scholars who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are awarded to Ph.D. candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree for up to nine months of research in India.

AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. It especially encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning.

Inquiries should be directed to 773-702-8638 or aiis@uchicago.edu.
Looking for Student Support?
Johns Hopkins faculty who are seeking student support for India-related projects can now submit position descriptions. We will post them online and share in our email updates!