In Papua New Guinea, 1500+ women die every year from childbirth-related causes – 80 times higher than in Australia. And these deaths are, mostly, preventable.
Key research interest: Improving the diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases in remote and resource-limited settings
Sneha completed her PhD in 2012 from National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India. Her doctoral research was focused on identification and characterisation of novel protein vaccine candidates for Streptococcus pneumoniae. After moving to Australia, Sneha also got a Master’s degree in public health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics stream) from University of Melbourne.
Her current role in Richard’s group combines her interest in Infectious diseases and public health. She is assessing the utility of a novel Blood Separator Device (recently developed by Burnet Institute and Axxin Pty. Ltd.) for collecting blood samples in low-middle income countries. She is also optimising immuno-assays for several infectious diseases (malaria, measles, tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C etc.) with an aim to improve surveillance and diagnosis.