Nikkil Sudharsanan

Heidelberg Institute of Global Health

I am an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and Research Group Lead at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health.

My main research aim is to reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases in aging middle-income countries like India, Indonesia, and South Africa. Rather than develop new treatments or therapies, my group and I investigate why established ways of preventing cardiovascular disease are not reaching and being adopted by those who need them the most. We then design and test interventions for improving preventive health that incorporate these social and behavioral insights. I also examine the historical experience of high-income countries that achieved fast and equitable population health improvements to figure what lessons can be learned for middle-income countries.

Before coming to Heidelberg, I was a David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. I received my PhD in Demography and MS in Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania.