Saurabh Mehta, Cornell University

Associate Professor Ithaca, New York smehta@cornell.edu Office: (607) 255-2640

Bio/Research

I am a physician with training in infectious disease, nutrition, and epidemiology. I have been extensively working in the area of infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases, in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. This has encompassed both clin...

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Bio/Research

I am a physician with training in infectious disease, nutrition, and epidemiology. I have been extensively working in the area of infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases, in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. This has encompassed both clinical and research activities focused on identifying means for primary prevention, early diagnostic modalities, and modifiable risk factors for reducing the risk of acquisition, transmission, and progression of disease. My research has identified a key role for vitamin D in infectious diseases, including reducing HIV disease progression and risk of HIV-related morbidities for the first time, and suggests vitamin D supplements could represent an inexpensive adjunct to conventional treatment. I have also published the results from the only randomized trial of micronutrient supplements among children between 6 weeks and 5 years of age with tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa demonstrating the safety of the supplements along with a significant effect on hemoglobin concentrations. I have also been a co-investigator on a large Gates foundation funded multi-country study for assessing human health status in low-income settings using verbal autopsy and novel diagnostics including proteomics for tuberculosis.

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