I am a medical doctor by training with an interest and specialisation in public health. I am a Faculty at the Institute of Public Health, Bangalore. I also lead one of the clusters at the Institute on health equity and evaluation. After medicien, I obtained a Masters in public health and a PhD from Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. For my PhD, I studied district level capacity-building in planning and supervision of health services at district and talukas in Karnataka in South india. My research interests within public health are mainly in tribal health and health inequalities, social determinatns of health, primary health care, OneHealth, mental health and eHealth. Earlier, I have worked in a forest area south of Bangalore in and NGO called VGKK at BR Hills in a hospital providing community-based health care and education to the Soliga people, a forest-dwelling tribe in the region. Subsequently, I have worked in primary health centres in Karnataka and in Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. I continue to support the work of VGKK and Karuna Trust in a voluntary and advisory capacity.
I am an avid birdwatcher; I travel and write on topics related to wildlife conservation and public policy. I am an editor in the English Wikipedia and various other Wikimedia project since 2006 and a frequent contributor of photographs to Wikimedia Commons. As an advisor to Mendeley, I conduct workshops for researchers and scientists on using Mendeley to organise their reading and for knowledge management for researchers.