Kamini Walia, PhD MPH, is a microbiologist by training and has subsequently trained in public health from Johns Hopkins. She is working as Senior Scientist in the Division of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division of Indian Council of Medical Research. She spent 2 years in PATH, as Director, Research and Development. During her 20 years of experience in public health space, she has initiated and successfully steered numerous projects and programs of public health importance in the field of infectious diseases, reproductive and child health and noncommunicable diseases. Dr Walia is currently leading the Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative of ICMR which focusing at various aspects of AMR, including surveillance, antimicrobial stewardship and OneHealth aspects . She curated the National Essential Diagnostics for the country to improve availability of diagnostics at all levels of health care. She is former member WHO Scientific Advisory Group of Experts on Essential Diagnostics and Commissioner on Lancet Commission on Diagnostics. Dr Walia’s experience spans working on infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS programs and heath technologies including vaccines and diagnostics. She, through her initiatives, has always supported collaborations with other public health partners in public health space.
She is recipient if ICMR’s Shakuntala Amir Chand award and Indian National Science academy, Young Scientist Award. She has received numerous fellowships and trainings from WHO, NIH, USA, IVI, Seoul, Pasteur Institute, France.