Ms. Janani Singaravelu

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Program
Field of Specialization: Public Health
Name: Ms. Janani Singaravelu  
Official Address: Drexel University, Pennsylvania
Indian Host Institution: Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Duration of Grant &
Start Date :
Duration: 9 months
August 2011

Brief Bio:
Ms. Janani Singaravelu is currently completing the Master of Medical Science program at Drexel University College of Medicine. After graduating cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Singaravelu received a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior and South Asia Studies. As a South Asia Studies major, she studied healthcare in South Asia and factors that affect healthcare delivery in developing countries. To complement this interest in healthcare, Ms. Singaravelu further pursued an Honors thesis in Dr. Seema Bhatnagar's Stress Neurobiology Lab, for which she received distinction in the Biological Basis of Behavior program. Having developed keen interest in Public Health through her coursework, she became a student researcher at the Women's Health Education Program at Drexel.

The spread of the HIV/TB co-epidemic calls for a greater emphasis on understanding health care-seeking behavior. Her interest in the spread of the HIV/TB co-infection has led her to pursue a study at a NACO sponsored clinic at Christian Medical College in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. Specifically, she aims to determine whether on-time pill pick-up and patient identified factors can be used to predict disease progression, as measured by medical markers. In addition to learning more about her Indian heritage, she plans to use this experience as an introduction to medicine within the scope of public health.