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  • Abraar Karan, MD MPH DTM&H

    Abraar Karan, MD MPH DTM&H

    Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Infectious Diseases
    Fellow in Medicine

    BioI am an infectious diseases fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine with interests in emerging infections, infectious disease epidemiology, and global health equity.

    I completed my residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and as a graduate of the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity. I earned my MD from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where I served as Student Body President; an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and my undergraduate degree w/ distinction from Yale University in political science, where I was a Yale Journalism Scholar.

    From February to October 2020, I worked on COVID19 response for the state of Massachusetts as a medical fellow to Dr. Monica Bharel, MA Commissioner of Public Health. 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. Prior to this, I studied epidemic response and emerging infectious diseases, with a focus on rural pathogens, including Ebola. 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, which we hope will have a notable impact on curbing transmission of vector-borne epidemic outbreaks. I also led the American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics theme issue on pandemic response, published in January 2020. I have peer-reviewed for the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal; Clinical Infectious Diseases; and JAMA.

    My previous work over the past 13 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, 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), and others

  • Abhinav Kaushik

    Abhinav Kaushik

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Sean N Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research
    Research Engineer, Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research - Lab

    BioAbhinav Kaushik, PhD
    Post-Doctoral Scholar

    My current position at Stanford involves single cell Mass cytometry (CyTOF), gene expression and DNA methylation data analysis, as well as integrative analysis of single-cell datasets. I am working with a team to standardize the CyTOF data analysis pipeline using different statistical modeling approaches (linear or non-linear, Bayesian inference).
    I have a strong experience in analyzing RNAseq, DNAseq and ChIP-seq data analysis. I am a programmer who loves to code with R, C# and perl. My keen interest includes application development for analyzing scientific data using different statistical approaches. However, my work is not restricted to one particular domain and sometimes includes in silico data analysis and algorithm development for solving both genomics and structural biology problems.
    I have joined the Nadeau Laboratory at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford in July 2018. I received my PhD in Bioinformatics from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India in 2017. Before joining the Nadeau Laboratory, I worked as a Visiting Researcher in the Pathogen Genomics laboratory at Kings Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.