The Mehta Research Group works in the areas of infectious diseases, particularly HIV, Tuberculosis, and Neglected Tropical Diseases, novel diagnostics, and maternal and child health. We are interested in investigating the links between nutrition, immune status, inflammation, infectious disease, and perinatal health. Both epidemiological and basic science approaches are of interest, with a strong emphasis on translating cutting-edge laboratory work to human populations, particularly in resource-limited settings including India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.
Integrating advances in technology to bridge health disparities is a major underlying theme for most of our research and programmatic activities. Our current work, for example, includes large randomized controlled trials with sustainable agriculture-based nutritional interventions, developing smartphone-based diagnostics for nutritional status and infections, and longitudinal cohort studies focused on Tuberculosis and acute febrile illness in India and Ecuador.