Ananda Bandyopadhyay

Senior Program Officer - Polio : Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Ananda Bandyopadhyay considers himself a foot-soldier in the battle to eradicate diseases. Ananda grew up in Kolkata, India and completed his medical graduation from Calcutta National Medical College & Hospital (2005) and was a gold medalist from the University of Calcutta. He received his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Global Health from Harvard School of Public Health (2010).

In between (2006 – 2009), he worked for the polio eradication initiative in five states in India as a Surveillance Medical Officer with WHO/NPSP and contributed to the successful and historic polio eradication effort and measles surveillance initiatives in India. He worked as an infectious disease epidemiologist at Rhode Island State Department of Health, US, for two years, before joining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in June, 2012. As a Senior Program Officer at the Gates Foundation, he supports global polio vaccine research and product development initiatives across multiple countries and geographies, including South Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. His research is focused on generating data regarding the best use of polio vaccines to make the vaccines affordable and accessible to vulnerable and underserved populations. Ananda is a guest lecturer for advanced degree programs in public health and infectious diseases in several globally renowned teaching venues including the Harvard University.
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