Rajiv Sarkar

Email : rajiv.sarkar@iiphs.ac.in

Rajiv Sarkar

Associate Professor

IIPH Shillong
Dr. Sarkar is an epidemiologist by training, with 10+ years of academic and industry experience in designing and conducting epidemiological studies (observational and interventional). He has co-authored 80+ peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Public Health Policy, Associate Editor of Epidemiology and Infection and Academic Editor of PLOS Global Public Health.

Dr. Sarkar has supported community-based studies in India to: (A) understand the epidemiology of and transmission of infectious diseases in remote endemic communities from a One Health perspective; (B) assess the community perception of drinking water and sanitation (WASH), quantify of the extent of contamination and evaluate the effectiveness of WASH interventions in resource-poor settings; and (C) explore the spatial and temporal patters of infectious diseases through GIS mapping and seasonality analysis.

  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • One Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  1. Kulinkina AV, Sarkar R, Mohan VR, Walz Y, Kaliappan SP, Ajjampur SSR, Ward H, Naumova EN, Kang G. Prediction of hookworm prevalence in southern India using environmental parameters derived from Landsat 8 remotely sensed data. Int J Parasitol. 2020. 50: 47-54. PMID: 31756313.
  2. Alarcon Falconi TM, Kulinkina AV, Mohan VR, Francis MR, Kattula D, Sarkar R, Ward H, Kang G, Balraj V, Naumova EN. Quantifying tap-to-household water quality deterioration in urban communities in Vellore, India: the impact of spatial assumptions. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017. 220: 29-36. PMID: 27773615.
  3. George S, Levecke B, Kattula D, Velusamy V, Roy S, Geldhof P, Sarkar R, Kang G. Molecular identification of hookworm isolates in humans, dogs and soil in a tribal area in Tamil Nadu,India. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016. 10: e0004891. PMID: 27486798.
  4. Kulinkina AV, Mohan VR, Francis MR, Kattula D, Sarkar R, Plummer JD, Ward H Kang G, Balraj V, Naumova EN. Seasonality of water quality and diarrheal disease counts in urban and rural settings in south India. Sci Rep. 2016. 6: 20521. PMID: 26867519.
  5. Francis MR, Nagarajan G, Sarkar R, Mohan VR, Kang G, Balraj V. Perception of drinking water safety and factors influencing acceptance and sustainability of a water quality intervention in rural southern India. BMC Public Health. 2015. 15: 731. PMID: 26223687.
  6. Collinet-Adler S, Babji S, Francis M, Kattula D, Premkumar PS, Sarkar R, Mohan VR, Ward H, Kang G, Balraj V, Naumova EN. Environmental Factors Associated with High Fly Densities and Diarrhea in Vellore, India. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2015. 81: 6053-8. PMID: 26116684.
  7. Kattula D, Francis MR, Kulinkina A, Sarkar R, Mohan VR, Babji S, Ward HD, Kang G, Balraj V, Naumova EN. Environmental predictors of diarrhoeal infection for rural and urban communities in south India in children and adults. Epidemiol Infect. 2015. 143: 3036-47. PMID: 25690841. 
  8. Sarkar R, Kang G, Naumova EN. Rotavirus seasonality and age effects in a birth cohort study of southern India. PLoS One. 2013. 8: e71616. PMID: 23977089
  9.  Jagai JS, Sarkar R, Castronovo D, Kattula D, McEntee J, Ward H, Kang G, Naumova EN. Seasonality of rotavirus in South Asia: a meta-analysis approach assessing associations with temperature, precipitation, and vegetation index. PLoS One. 2012. 7: e38168. PMID: 22693594. 
  10.  Gopal S, Sarkar R, Banda K, Govindarajan J, Harijan BB, Jeyakumar MB, Mitta P, Sadanala ME, Selwyn T, Suresh CR, Thomas VA, Devadason P, Kumar R, Selvapandian D, Kang G, Balraj V. Study of water supply and sanitation practices in India using geographic information systems: some design and other considerations in a village setting. Indian J Med Res. 2009. 129: 233-41. PMID: 19491414.
  11. Sowmyanarayanan TV, Mukhopadhya A, Gladstone BP, Sarkar R, Kang G. Investigation of a hepatitis A outbreak in children in an urban slum in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, using geographic information systems. Indian J Med Res. 2008. 128: 32-7. PMID: 18820356. 
  12. Sarkar R, Prabhakar AT, Manickam S, Selvapandian D, Raghava MV, Kang G, Balraj V. Epidemiological investigation of an outbreak of acute diarrhoeal disease using geographic information systems. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2007. 101: 587-93. PMID: 17267000.