People

CIDI researchers represent a wide variety of specialites--genomics, microbiology and immunology, virology, pharmacology, prenatal and postpartum health, pediatrics, epidemiology, environmental health, mental health, behavioral health, international health, and emergency medicine. Personnel are located in India and in Baltimore.

Yeruva Anthony Reddy, MBA, MSW

Prevention Lead
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Yeruva Anthony Reddy is Lead Prevention at the Johns Hopkins Center for Infectious Diseases in India. He is a member of the team in Hyderabad, India, and has worked with the Johns Hopkins-India infectious diseases partnership for two years. Yeruva Anthony Reddy is responsible for providing mentorship, supportive supervision, strategic direction and capacity building for all HIV prevention-related ACCELERATE activities in Telangana. He is responsible for implementing prevention and testing components of an initiative called I-THRiVE: Index Testing & Targeting HIV Retention and Viral Load...

Matthew Riesner, MA

Regulatory Program Manager
Baltimore, Maryland
Matthew Riesner
Mr. Riesner is the Regulatory Program Manager/Regulatory Specialist for CIDI. He has worked in various research related roles during the past 15 years and has been with Johns Hopkins University for 14 years. Mr. Riesner has approximately 3 years working as a Regulatory Specialist at CIDI/CCGHE, 5 years of combined experience working at both a commercial IRB and at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine IRB, and 7 years of experience working in other research related roles, including research management and coordination. Mr. Riesner performs a variety of research regulatory functions for the JHU...

Maria Salvat Ballester, MPH

Program Officer
Baltimore, Maryland
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Current Position Maria is a Program Officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Infectious Diseases in India. She is a member of the team in Baltimore, Maryland and has joined recently the Johns Hopkins-India infectious diseases partnership. She is responsible for managing programmatic and operational components of the ACCELERATE project, ensuring a smooth implementation of activities in the field, as well as providing technical support to the project. Past Positions Prior to joining CIDI, Maria worked for several years in Johnson & Johnson doing clinical research, particularly focused on...

Devika Sen

Finance Manager
Pune, India
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Ms. Devika Sen is the Finance Manager at John Hopkins Centre for Infectious Diseases in India (CIDI) in Pune, India where she is in-charge of entire gamut of finance functions of CIDI, including, inter-alia, monitoring and Budget management. She works closely with JHU Finance team and CIDI leadership to develop and manage grants, contracts, and financial reporting. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 9 years’ experience in Finance management, Budget management and Taxation. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in financial aspects and statues related to NPO Sector such...

Simran Shaikh, MPH

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Simran is the Director of Transgender Health for ACCELERATE at the Johns Hopkins Center for Infectious Diseases in India. She is a member of the team in New Delhi, India, and has worked with the Johns Hopkins-India infectious diseases partnership for 20 Months 1.6 years. Simran is responsible for the overall Transgender Health component of ACCELERATE project. Prior to joining CIDI, Simran was associated with India HIV AIDS Alliance as a Senior Program Office for sexuality Gender and Rights projects. Simran received her formal and higher education qualification from Mumbai University, India...

Shri Vijay Bala Yogendra Shivakumar, MD

Project Coordinator
Pune, India
Shri Vijay Bala Yogendra Shivakumar, MD
Dr. Shivakumar is a clinician and project coordinator for C-TRIUMPH at Johns Hopkins University, India office. He recently joined the CCGHE team as an overall project coordinator for C-TRIUMPH for both Chennai and Pune. His research interests are TB infection transmission and its progression to disease. Dr. Shivakumar joined National Institute for Research in TB in Chennai as a clinician and study coordinator for C-TRUIMPH, an epidemiological study recruiting a cohort of TB patients and their household contacts and following their health over a period of 2 years. This study includes multiple...

Rechel Shrisunder, MPH

Behavioral Scientist
Pune, India
Rechel Shrisunder, MPH
Rechel is a Behavioral Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Infectious Diseases in India (CIDI) at Pune. She is working on studies focusing on identifying and assessing the effectiveness of intervention strategies related to Tuberculosis, MDR-TB and Isoniazid Preventive Therapy Uptake at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Clinical Research Site (BJGMC-CRS) in Pune, India. She has also worked in the WHO project focused on Implementation research at KEMHRC. She has experience in working with qualitative as well as quantative research methods. Her areas of interest are in...

Aditya Singh, MA

Executive Director, Project ACCELERATE
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Aditya Singh is Executive Director and Deputy Chief of Party for Program ACCELERATE at the Johns Hopkins Center for Infectious Diseases in India. He is a member of the team in New Delhi, India, and has worked with the Johns Hopkins-India infectious diseases partnership since October 2019. Aditya presently heads the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s India’s HIV program ACCELERATE which is supported by PEPFAR/USAID for accelerating progress toward the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets and HIV epidemic control by 2030. Specific site-level initiatives are focused on Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh...

Abishek Kumar Sinha

Finance & Operations Manager
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Abhishek Kumar Sinha is Finance & Operations Manager at the Johns Hopkins Center for Infectious Diseases in India. He is a member of the team in New Delhi, India, and has worked with the Johns Hopkins-India infectious diseases partnership for 2+ years. At CIDI, Abhishek is responsible for the overall grant management for the ACCELERATE and Elton John AIDS Foundation projects in India. He is responsible for partner management, budgets, reporting, and audits. Past Positions Prior to joining CIDI, he worked with Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP), EPoD at Harvard...

Gabriela Smit

Fiscal Operations Manager
Baltimore, Maryland
Gabriela Smit
Ms. Smit is the Financial Project Manager within the Infectious Diseases Division. She is an experienced financial analyst with more than 3 decades of experience in finance and accounting and more than a decade of experience at Johns Hopkins University, where she has developed and managed federal and non-federal grants and contracts. She has assembled and managed several international teams of investigators from a number of institutions, including JHU, BJGMC (Lakshya, India), UVRI (Rakai, Uganda), and the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (Chennai, India). Ms. Smit oversee, plan...

Chintala Sreedhar, MBBS

Treatment Lead
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Current Position Dr. Sreedhar is Treatment Lead at the Johns Hopkins Center for Infectious Diseases in India. He is a member of the team in Telangana, India, and have worked with the Johns Hopkins-India infectious diseases partnership for 1.5 years. Dr Sreedhar is responsible for the following activities: Providing mentorship, supportive supervision, strategic direction and capacity building for all HIV treatment-related ACCELERATE activities in Telangana. Working closely with ART centres and community groups to ensure saturation and quality of services in Telangana. Technical assistance to...

Nishi Suryavanshi, PhD

Clinical Research Site Coordinator, Deputy Director, BJGMC Clinical Research Site; Research Associate, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Pune, India
Dr. Suryavanshi is Clinical Research Site Coordinator and Deputy Director for the BJGMC-JHU CRS in Pune, India. She has 18 years of experience working in the ACTG and IMPAACT networks as a protocol team member, site co-investigator and lead behavioral science studies in TB, HIV, mental helath, substance use, and women’s health.In addition, she has been instrumental in implementing large NIH funded research projects with strong leadership qualities and site management skills. Dr. Suryavanshi has established extensive networks with regional non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local TB and...

Matthew Williams

Multimedia Specialist
Matt Williams is CIDI's Multimedia Specialist. He records and broadcasts various live events, such as ongoing case discussions, topic lectures, and conferences. Knowledgeable in the use of Polycom and Mediasite equipment as well as relevant security issues, he connects with other sites around the globe for videoconferencing. In addition to editing and updating multimedia content, he provides IT support to faculty and staff and contributes to ongoing web development. Matt has been with Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases for 29 years, and is a founding member of both CIDI and its...

Mullika Yowell, MBA

Baltimore, Maryland
Mullika Yoweel, Budget Analyst
Ms. Yowell is a Budget Analyst for CIDI. She works with the Financial Manager to support financial activities the pre-and post-award functions, including budget development, account reconciliation, and compliance among other related duties. She joined CIDI at its founding, and worked with its predecessor, CCGHE, for 2 years, following 4 years with the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She received a master’s degree in business administration and international business from the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Prasad Deshpande

Laboratory Staff
Pune, India
Mr. Prasad Deshpande
I, Prasad S Deshpande, am a Masters in virology with 12 years of experience in virology. I have been involved in clinical research for 12 years as laboratory staff at BJGMC-CTU; a site for ACTG and IMPAACT studies. I have been involved in establishing and validating the molecular biology (RT PCR) laboratory at BJMC CRS laboratory. Additionally, I have been working in capacity of Safety officer for BJMC CTU laboratory involved in active biosafety training and monitoring of biosafety training for lab staff. Along with various ACTG/IMPAACT studies, I am also involved in providing lab support and...

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