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Abraar Karan, MD MPH DTM&H
Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Infectious Diseases
Masters Student in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, admitted Autumn 2022
Fellow in Medicine
BioI am an infectious disease fellow and post-doctoral researcher in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, the Luby Lab, the Center for Innovation in Global Health, and the Woods Institute for the Environment with interests in emerging infections, infectious disease epidemiology, and global health equity. I am currently the Principal Investigator of a randomized controlled trial investigating whether air filtration and ventilation can reduce spread of Covid19 in homes.
From February to October 2020, I worked on COVID19 response for the state of Massachusetts as a medical fellow to the state health commissioner. From November to January 2021, I worked as a research consultant to the WHO commissioned Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response on Covid-19 epidemiology. I also served as a research assistant for the Harvard College Fall course on Covid-19 and epidemics. Furthermore, I was involved in Biden-Harris campaign's Covid-19 policy writing for school reopenings. In 2018, I co-founded Longsleeve insect repellent, winner of the 2018 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition and a finalist in the 2019 Harvard President's Challenge. In summer and fall of 2022, I worked on the Monkeypox outbreak response for Los Angeles County. I have peer-reviewed for the CDC's EID Journal; Clinical Infectious Diseases; Lancet Infectious Diseases, and JAMA.
My previous work over the past 14 years has included various projects in Latin America (Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominican Republic), Asia (India, Thailand), and Sub-Saharan Africa (Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique). In 2011-2012, as a Yale Parker Huang Fellow, I conducted an anthropological research study in India exploring sex trafficking and intergenerational sex work in Hyderabad and Delhi. I am also interested in the intersection between medical ethics and global health (particularly neocolonialism). I participated as a medical fellow in Auschwitz studying the history of the Holocaust for the FASPE program in 2016; and led the AMA Journal of Ethics twice (2016-17 on international healthcare systems; 2019-20 on pandemic response).
Since January 2019, I have also been a columnist at the British Medical Journal. Prior to that, I co-edited the book, "Protecting the Health of the Poor", which was published in December 2015. I have authored works in the NEJM, The Lancet, The BMJ, Academic Medicine, Health Affairs, NPR, WaPo, Vox, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Scientific American, Huffpost, Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, and other major publications. Press coverage has included: NBC, ABC, BBC, PBS, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, New York Times, SF Chronicle, Bloomberg, Boston Globe, ProPublica, WSJ, TIME, TMZ, Science Friday, Medium, The Verge, Politico, CBC News, MTV News, Democracy Now, NPR, ESPN, The Atlantic, The Hill, Business Insider, Vice, Mother Jones, Boston Magazine, Vox, Healthline, Forbes, Slate, STAT News, Harvard Public Health Magazine (cover story Spring 2020). For a full list of publications, please see "Publications" tab. For full list of media work, please see "Media" link.