Home Institution: Emory University
Fellowship Site: Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, India
Research Topic: Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease
Dr. Shaikh will spend her fellowship year at Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF)in Chennai under the mentorship of Viswanathan Mohan, MD, PhD, DSc, Mohammed Ali, MBChB, MSc, MBA and Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA. Her research will focus on long-term effects of an individualized coordinated care intervention on dietary patterns and cardiovascular risk factors in individuals with co-morbid diabetes and depression: the INDE-PENDENT study.
Dr. Shaikh is a nutrition epidemiologist who recently received her PhD from Emory Univer-sity. She received a Master in Health Sciences (Dietetics) from the University of Pune and a Master in Nutrition from Georgia State University, where she also trained to become a Reg-istered Dietitian. Her dissertation focused on measuring nutrition transition, including shifts in diets accompanying globalization, among adolescents in India. She was a 2013-14 VECD Fogarty Global Health Fellow (pre-doctoral) at Public Health Foundation of India where she developed and evaluated diet assessment instruments for youth. Her research interests lie at the intersection of chronic diseases, mental health, and nutrition.