Dr Rajiv Chowdhury is currently working as a Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Exeter in the UK. Prior to joining Exeter, Rajiv worked at the University of Cambridge as a Reader (Associate Professor) in Global Health and co-led a number of major global health projects of Cambridge. He was a founding PI of several major cohort studies in Bangladesh (BELIEVE cohort), Sri Lanka (SHINES) and Malaysia (MAVERIK). He also served as the Scientific Director of the CAPABLE Global Health program in Cambridge, which was underpinned by a $11.5M global health grant from the UK Research and Innovations. Additionally, Professor Chowdhury serves as a Country Expert for the IHME/WHO Global Burden of Disease study. Professor Chowdhury’s research interests broadly involve lifestyle, environmental and social inequalities of global diseases (including concurrent pandemics of NCDs and emerging infections), with a particular emphasis on understudied non-Western population groups. Rajiv has published ~120 peer-reviewed publications (with a current publication h-index of 63).
Professionally, Rajiv is a physician who also obtained an MPhil in Epidemiology (as a Commonwealth scholar) and a PhD in Public Health (as a Gates scholar) from the University of Cambridge, UK. He received further advanced training in Global Health from Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Oxford universities, and in Epidemiology from Imperial College and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was elected a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, UK Royal Society for Public Health, and more recently of the American College of Epidemiology. In 2013, Rajiv received the Bill Gates Senior Award in Cambridge for contributions to global health.