Ms. Amutasri Nori-Sarma
Specialization: Public Health
Home institution in US: Columbia University, New York City, New York
Host Institution in India: Indian Institute of Public Health, Ahmedabad, Gujarat  
Start date/Month in India: September 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Amruta Nori-Sarma received her B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, New Jersey. During her undergraduate studies, she interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant and JPMorgan Investment Bank, strengthening her understanding of environmental issues in a variety of professional settings. Upon graduating, she joined the research analyst program at JPMorgan, where she published reports at the intersection of environment and investing, ranging from an analysis of solar energy investing strategies to a financial assessment of the Athabasca Tar Sands. In 2009 she transitioned to Deutsche Bank, where she worked in specialty sales.

Ms. Nori-Sarma obtained her M.P.H. from the Mailman School at Columbia University, New York in 2012. During her master’s program, she co-authored the chapter on “North American Health Impacts of Climate Change” for the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and co-authored a paper on environmental justice for the Joint Center on Economic and Political Studies. She is continuing her research at Columbia University on the health co-benefits of anthropogenic particulate matter emissions reductions and has several academic publications in preparation. She has an avid interest in the arts, having studied classical piano and Bharatanatyam since childhood. She loves to travel and has toured extensively in Europe and hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. She looks forward to exploring India, the country of her parent's birth, during her Fulbright fellowship.

Ms. Nori-Sarma’s Fulbright research project, “Examining the Efficacy of the Heat Health Early Warning System, Ahmedabad, India,” continues an ongoing effort to combat morbidity and mortality effects of heat waves among vulnerable local populations. The goal of her project is to refine understanding of extreme heat events so that relevant human health component(s) can be included in addition to traditional temperature-based definitions. Following implementation of a Heat Health Early Warning System in the city, the project shall use traditional epidemiologic methods to examine the efficacy of the early warning system in improving human health in the region. This work is being done in conjunction with the U.S. Natural Resource Defense Council, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and the Indian Institute of Public Health.