Home Institution: Georgia State University
Fellowship Site: Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
Research Topic: substance abuse and mental health
Mr. Kota will spend his fellowship year at the Public Health Foundation of India in New Delhi under the mentorship of Patrick Sullivan, PhD and Ashok Agarwal, MBBS, MD. His research will focus on measuring the prevalence of substance abuse, mental health problems, various forms of violence, and sexual risk behaviors among the MSM population in Bijapur, India. Mr. Kota is pursuing his PhD in Public Health, at Georgia State University.
Mr. Kota received his Master's degree in Biotechnology from Georgetown University. He joined Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center as a research assistant studying the role of telomere length variation as a potential bio-marker for cancer risk assessment. Attending Dr. Anthony Fauci's talk on HIV prevention and working on a case-control study in Egypt has influenced his research towards public health. Mr. Kota was a recipient of a Tobacco Centers for Regulatory Science Fellowship, 2014-15, and a Secondary Century Initiative Fellowship, 2015-17.