Senior Research Officer
Punam’s first degree was in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics and completed her MSc in Modern Epidemiology at Imperial College London in 2010. Since she has been working on malaria epidemiology from data processing, managing, manipulating and visualising to spatial modelling across multiple institutions including KEMRI-Wellcome Trust and Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative. Punam’s research interests lie in the application of epidemiology and geographic information systems to questions that are essential to the control of malaria and other infectious diseases.
In 2018, Punam completed her PhD at the University of Florida, specializing in Bayesian geostatistical modelling work for malaria risk. She joined MAP at University of Oxford as a Postdoctoral Researcher soon thereafter focusing on developing multi-metric models for malaria elimination settings. Punam provides technical support in risk mapping to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), which supports national malaria control programs to accelerate efforts to reduce malaria transmission towards elimination, to improve spatial decision making in elimination settings. She also provides support to the World Health Organization High Burden High Impact modelling group, which in turn supports countries in developing strategic plans for controlling and reducing the burden of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.
Punam is also an active member of the R-ladies organization and carpentries and enjoys nurturing coding skills in young scientists.