Soumya SWAMINATHAN, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai, India
Dr Soumya Swaminathan is the Director of the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai, where she has worked as research scientist since 1992. She completed her undergraduate medical education at the Armed Forces Medical College and an MD in Pediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.
She has conceptualized, initiated and implemented several clinical trials investigating treatment and prevention regimens for TB among HIV-infected adults and children. Her other research contributions have been in the areas of nutrition, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics of anti-TB and anti-HIV drugs in the Indian population and many of these findings have had translational value in the national program. She leads a multi-disciplinary group of clinical, laboratory and behavioural scientists studying various aspects of TB and TB/HIV.
She has over 160 peer-reviewed publications and over 15 book chapters. Dr. Swaminathan served as Coordinator for Neglected Priorities Research at the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases at WHO, Geneva between 2009 and 2011.
Her contributions to research were recognized by her receiving the ICMR Kshanika Oration award for excellence in biomedical sciences for the year 2008, being elected Fellow, National Academy of Sciences in 2012, Indian Academy of Sciences in 2013 and receiving the TamilNadu award for Science and Technology 2012. She is currently Chair of the HIV section of the International Union Against TB and Lung Diseases and serves as Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.
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