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Prarthana Vasudevan, MS, MSPH

  • Baltimore, MD Area
  • (443) 794 3153

Global Health Professional, Specializing in Vaccine Communications


Sep 2014Dec 2015

Master of Science in Public Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH)

Concentration: International Health, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

Certificate: Vaccine Science & Policy

Essay: National introduction of PCV in India—process, challenges, & potential impact

Award:  Center for Global Health Established Field Placement (GHEFP) Award (2015)

Aug 2012Aug 2014

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

University of Maryland College Park

Focus: Microbiology and Immunology

Thesis: Immunopotency of a novel catanionic surfactant vesicle vaccine for bovine mastitis

Sep 2008May 2012

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Certificate: Honors College Certificate

Honors: graduated cum laude

Award:  Honors College Leadership Award for academic achievement (2011-2012)

Award: UMBC Merit Scholarship for academic achievement (2008-2012)

Professional Experience

Jan 2016present

Communications & Advocacy Specialist

International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), JHSPH

PIs: Dr. Mathu Santosham, Ms. Lois Privor-Dumm

Projects: Building an Enabling Environment for Vaccines in India (EEVI); Vaccine Implementation Benchmarking Study; Global Adult Vaccine Initiative 

Sep 2015Oct 2015

GHEFP Field Intern

Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health

Site: B.J. Medical College/Sassoon General Hospital, Pune,  Maharashtra, India 

Sassoon,  a large government-run hospital, serves disadvantaged urban and rural patients.

PIs:  Dr. Amita Gupta (SOM/JHSPH), Dr. Vidya Mave (SOM/JHSPH)

Project:  Impact of Immune Changes of Pregnancy on Tuberculosis (PRACHITi)

PRACHITi will investigate how immune changes during pregnancy influence the development of tuberculosis in HIV positive mothers. 

  • Developed SOPs for PRACHITi, including: eligibility determination, accrual, retention, informed consent,  HIV counselling & testing, and Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST)
  • Shadowed physicians around the hospital’s ART Clinic, children’s wards, and L&D wards

Apr 2015Dec 2015

Graduate Research Assistant


Project: Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies (ROTA) Council

ROTA Council is an independent group of experts on rotavirus and diarrhea, who provide scientific and technical evidence to policymakers. The Council seeks to support the introduction of rotavirus vaccines in countries worldwide as a part of a comprehensive strategy to address diarrheal disease.

Position: Policy, Advocacy, & Communications Research Assistant

  • Developed and drafted a monthly progress update newsletter, shared with Council Members and key strategic partners
Mar 2015Dec 2015

Graduate Research Assistant


Project: Building an Enabling Environment for Vaccines in India (EEVI)

EEVI supports enabling timely, evidence-based policies and decisions for national introduction of pentavalent , rotavirus, and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in India.

Position: Policy, Advocacy, & Communications Research Assistant 

  • Researched, developed, and prepared deliverables, like reports & presentations
  • Technically reviewed content for scientific accuracy
  • Communicated and coordinated with key project partners
Apr 2013Aug 2014

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Maryland 

Lab: Dr. Daniel Stein, Dept of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics 

Thesis Project:  Immunopotency of a novel catanionic surfactant vesicle vaccine for bovine mastitis

I investigated how well a catanionic surfactant vesicle vaccine designed to mimic E. coli, a causative agent of bovine mastitis, elicited  immunity. I aimed to discover immunological evidence of vaccine-elicited antibody in cow sera samples.

  • Developed technical subject matter expertise in:  bovine mastitis disease burden, epidemiology, and control; United States dairy industry;  E.coli pathogenesis and virulence factors; catanionic surfactant vesicle vaccine systems.
  • Mastered lab techniques and generated independent research
  • Successfully defended my thesis before a panel of experts
Sep 2012Aug 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Maryland
  • Led undergraduates in general (BISI 223) & pathogenic microbiology (BISI 424) labs
  • Demonstrated and instructed bi-weekly laboratory exercises
  • Graded undergraduates' work,including lab write-ups, assignments, quizzes, and exams
Aug 2010Mar 2012

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)

Lab: Dr. Abdu Azad, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, School of Medicine

Project: "TolC-dependent secretion of an ankyrin repeat containing protein of  Rickettsia typhi "

R. typhi is the causative agent of endemic (murine) typhus.  This project aimed to characterize a gene, that  was identified to encode for a secreted effector protein, and explore the potential role of  the TolC secretion system in that protein's translocation.

  • Provided technical assistance to Dr. Simran Kaur, which contributed towards Dr. Kaur's paper published in Journal of Bacteriology, Sept. 2012 
  • Developed lab skills and techniques as well as generated independent research 
Sep 2007May 2008

High School Research Assistant

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Lab: Dr. Michael McDevitt, Dept. of Hematology

  • Researched malaria pathogenesis and transmission
  • Analyzed potential microRNA regulator sites related to Th1/Th2 immune response 
  • Conducted and wrote up a literature review on malaria: disease burden, epidemiology, and control


A Global Effort for Adult Vaccines: Potential Roadmap for Access.  L. Privor-Dumm, D. Sandiford, P. Vasudevan, A. Portnoy, D. Spencer, J. Stanaway. Presented as a poster at the 10th International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Disease, 26-29 June 2016, Glasgow, Scotland. 

Considerations for equitable pneumoccocal conjugate vaccine introduction in India: Accelerating rollout to the most vulnerable populations.  M. Sauer, M. Deloria-Knoll, A. Singh, B. Wahl, P. Vasudevan, A. Shet, M. Miller, M. Santoshmam, L. Privor-Dumm. Presented as a poster at the 10th International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Disease, 26-29 June 2016, Glasgow, Scotland. 


  • Excellent writing skills
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Effective communication and people skills
  • Knowledge of social media communications
  • Strong data visualization skills (Tableau, Stata)
  • Results oriented
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills
  • Technical knowledge of vaccines, epidemiology, & statistics
  • Technical knowledge of microbiology & immunology
Use of Microsoft Office Suite

developing creative, visually appealing documents and powerpoints

Microbiology- Immunology Lab Techniques

bacteria culture, SDS-PAGE separation, immunoblotting/western blot analysis, bactericidal assays, ELISAs,  DNA electrophoresis,plasmid purification, plasmid cloning, plasmid transformations

Professional Interests

Vaccine  Policy; Microbiology; Scientific Communication; Leadership; Mentorship