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Sankaran Venkata Subramanian, Ph.D.

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S ("Subu") V Subramanian is a Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University, and Director of a University-wide Initiative on Applied Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences. He was also the Founding Director of Graduate Studies for the interdisciplinary PhD program in Population Health Sciences. He received his under- and post-graduate training at the University of Delhi, and completed his PhD in geography from the University of Portsmouth, UK. Working in collaborations with scholars across the world, he has published over 670 articles, book chapters, and books in the field of social and contextual determinants of health, health inequalities in India, and applied multilevel statistical models. He has consistently been included in the Highly Cited Researchers (top 1% of cited publications in Web of Science) list since 2015. His current research interests are developing and applying data science approaches for precision public policy in the context of health, nutrition and development. As an educator, Subu was the first to develop a course on the concept and application of multilevel statistical methods at Harvard, which he has been successfully teaching at Harvard since 2001, as well as around the world. He has advised over 150 masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students as mentor, academic advisor and dissertation committee member. Subu is the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the international journal Social Science & Medicine (SSM), in addition to be being a Co-Senior Editor for the social epidemiology office of SSM. He is also the founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of a new journal SSM - Population Health, winner of the 2020 PROSE Award for Best New Journal in Social Sciences. He is an editorial consultant to The Lancet, and an international advisory board member for the Lancet Global Health.

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  1. R01HL109263 (O'MALLEY, ALISTAIR JAMES) Apr 1, 2012 - Mar 31, 2016
    Proximity to Food Establishments and BMI in the Framingham Heart Study
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  2. R21AG037889 (SUBRAMANIAN, SANKARAN VENKATA) Sep 1, 2010 - Aug 31, 2013
    Widowhood and Mortality: Modifying Role of Individual and Community Context
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. K25HL081275 (SUBRAMANIAN, SANKARAN VENKATA) Sep 30, 2005 - Aug 31, 2012
    Asthma Disparities: Advancing Multilevel Causal Models
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Subramanian SV, Karlsson O, Kim R. Using height-adjusted stunting prevalence will fail disadvantaged children worldwide - Authors' reply. Lancet Glob Health. 2022 05; 10(5):e621. PMID: 35427514.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Singh PK, Dubey R, Singh L, Singh N, Kumar C, Kashyap S, Subramanian SV, Singh S. Mixed Effect of Alcohol, Smoking, and Smokeless Tobacco Use on Hypertension among Adult Population in India: A Nationally Representative Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 03 09; 19(6). PMID: 35328927; PMCID: PMC8950998.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  3. Subramanian SV, Karlsson O, Kim R. Revisiting the stunting metric for monitoring and evaluating nutrition policies. Lancet Glob Health. 2022 02; 10(2):e179-e180. PMID: 35063108.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Subramanian SV, Kumar A. The Authors' Reply: Need for a multi-pronged population-level strategy to manage SARS-CoV-2 infection. Eur J Epidemiol. 2021 12; 36(12):1247-1251. PMID: 34951673; PMCID: PMC8703208.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  5. Subramanian SV, Kumar A. Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States. Eur J Epidemiol. 2021 Dec; 36(12):1237-1240. PMID: 34591202; PMCID: PMC8481107.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  6. Khan PK, Perkins JM, Kim R, Mohanty SK, Subramanian SV. Multilevel population and socioeconomic variation in health insurance coverage in India. Trop Med Int Health. 2021 10; 26(10):1285-1295. PMID: 34181806.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Subramanian SV. India faces a challenge with its mass vaccination efforts. Lancet Glob Health. 2021 09; 9(9):e1201-e1202. PMID: 34090611.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  8. Subramanian S. The Long-Term Evolutionary History of Gradual Reduction of CpG Dinucleotides in the SARS-CoV-2 Lineage. Biology (Basel). 2021 Jan 12; 10(1). PMID: 33445785.
    Citations: 2     
  9. Subramanian SV, James KS. Use of the Demographic and Health Survey framework as a population surveillance strategy for COVID-19. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 07; 8(7):e895. PMID: 32530423.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  10. Subramanian SV, Kim R. Sick countries and sick individuals: reassessing the inferential targets in global health research. Lancet Glob Health. 2018 07; 6(7):e726-e727. PMID: 29903371.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Subramanian SV, Kim R, Christakis NA. The "average" treatment effect: A construct ripe for retirement. A commentary on Deaton and Cartwright. Soc Sci Med. 2018 08; 210:77-82. PMID: 29724462.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    
  12. Kim R, Kawachi I, Coull BA, Subramanian SV. Patterning of individual heterogeneity in body mass index: evidence from 57 low- and middle-income countries. Eur J Epidemiol. 2018 Aug; 33(8):741-750. PMID: 29356935.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Subramanian SV, De Neve JW. Social determinants of health and the International Monetary Fund. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 06 20; 114(25):6421-6423. PMID: 28600352; PMCID: PMC5488961.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Subramanian SV, Corsi DJ. Moving Beyond a Maternal Perspective to Child Survival. Indian Pediatr. 2016 Oct 08; 53(10):867-869. PMID: 27771666.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Arcaya MC, Arcaya AL, Subramanian SV. [Inequalities in health: definitions, concepts, and theories]. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2015 Oct; 38(4):261-71. PMID: 26758216.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Saito K, Matsumoto S, Yasui H, Devasahayam N, Subramanian S, Munasinghe JP, Patel V, Gutkind JS, Mitchell JB, Krishna MC. Longitudinal imaging studies of tumor microenvironment in mice treated with the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin. PLoS One. 2012; 7(11):e49456. PMID: 23185335; PMCID: PMC3502528.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  17. Vasanthakumar B, Ravishankar H, Subramanian S. A novel property of DNA - as a bioflotation reagent in mineral processing. PLoS One. 2012; 7(7):e39316. PMID: 22768298.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Cells
  18. Subramanian SV, Corsi DJ. Can India achieve a balance of sexes at birth? Lancet. 2011 Jun 04; 377(9781):1893-4. PMID: 21612819.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Subramanian SV, Özaltin E, Finlay JE. Height of nations: a socioeconomic analysis of cohort differences and patterns among women in 54 low- to middle-income countries. PLoS One. 2011 Apr 20; 6(4):e18962. PMID: 21533104.
    Citations: 50     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Subramanyam MA, Kawachi I, Berkman LF, Subramanian SV. Is economic growth associated with reduction in child undernutrition in India? PLoS Med. 2011 Mar; 8(3):e1000424. PMID: 21408084.
    Citations: 53     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Subramanian SV, Perkins JM, Özaltin E, Davey Smith G. Weight of nations: a socioeconomic analysis of women in low- to middle-income countries. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Feb; 93(2):413-21. PMID: 21068343; PMCID: PMC3021433.
    Citations: 105     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Subramanian SV, Ackerson LK, Smith GD. Parental BMI and childhood undernutrition in India: an assessment of intrauterine influence. Pediatrics. 2010 Sep; 126(3):e663-71. PMID: 20713473.
    Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Subramanian SV, Hamano T, Perkins JM, Koyabu A, Fujisawa Y. Political ideology and health in Japan: a disaggregated analysis. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2010 Sep; 64(9):838-40. PMID: 20610660.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Subramanian SV, Huijts T, Avendano M. Self-reported health assessments in the 2002 World Health Survey: how do they correlate with education? Bull World Health Organ. 2010 Feb; 88(2):131-8. PMID: 20428370.
    Citations: 81     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Subramanian SV, Kennedy MH. Perception of neighborhood safety and reported childhood lifetime asthma in the United States (U.S.): a study based on a national survey. PLoS One. 2009 Jun 30; 4(6):e6091. PMID: 19564923.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Subramanian SV, Huijts T, Perkins JM. Association between political ideology and health in Europe. Eur J Public Health. 2009 Oct; 19(5):455-7. PMID: 19535606.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Subramanian SV, Perkins JM, Khan KT. Do burdens of underweight and overweight coexist among lower socioeconomic groups in India? Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Aug; 90(2):369-76. PMID: 19515733; PMCID: PMC2709313.
    Citations: 62     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Subramanian SV, Ackerson LK, Davey Smith G, John NA. Association of maternal height with child mortality, anthropometric failure, and anemia in India. JAMA. 2009 Apr 22; 301(16):1691-701. PMID: 19383960; PMCID: PMC3095774.
    Citations: 85     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Subramanian SV, Jun HJ, Kawachi I, Wright RJ. Contribution of race/ethnicity and country of origin to variations in lifetime reported asthma: evidence for a nativity advantage. Am J Public Health. 2009 Apr; 99(4):690-7. PMID: 19218175; PMCID: PMC2661487.
    Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Subramanian SV, Jones K, Kaddour A, Krieger N. Revisiting Robinson: the perils of individualistic and ecologic fallacy. Int J Epidemiol. 2009 Apr; 38(2):342-60; author reply 370-3. PMID: 19179348; PMCID: PMC2663721.
    Citations: 72     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Subramanian SV, Selvaraj S. Social analysis of sex imbalance in India: before and after the implementation of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2009 Mar; 63(3):245-52. PMID: 19033295.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Subramanian SV, Subramanyam MA, Selvaraj S, Kawachi I. Are self-reports of health and morbidities in developing countries misleading? Evidence from India. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Jan; 68(2):260-5. PMID: 19019521.
    Citations: 55     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Subramanian SV, Elwert F, Christakis N. Widowhood and mortality among the elderly: the modifying role of neighborhood concentration of widowed individuals. Soc Sci Med. 2008 Feb; 66(4):873-84. PMID: 18178300.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Ackerson LK, Kawachi I, Barbeau EM, Subramanian SV. Effects of individual and proximate educational context on intimate partner violence: a population-based study of women in India. Am J Public Health. 2008 Mar; 98(3):507-14. PMID: 18235066; PMCID: PMC2253590.
    Citations: 57     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Subramanian SV, Kawachi I, Smith GD. Income inequality and the double burden of under- and overnutrition in India. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2007 Sep; 61(9):802-9. PMID: 17699536.
    Citations: 48     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Subramanian SV, Ackerson LK, Subramanyam MA, Wright RJ. Domestic violence is associated with adult and childhood asthma prevalence in India. Int J Epidemiol. 2007 Jun; 36(3):569-79. PMID: 17329314.
    Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Subramanian SV, Davey Smith G, Subramanyam M. Indigenous health and socioeconomic status in India. PLoS Med. 2006 Oct; 3(10):e421. PMID: 17076556; PMCID: PMC1621109.
    Citations: 57     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Subramanian SV, Chen JT, Rehkopf DH, Waterman PD, Krieger N. Comparing individual- and area-based socioeconomic measures for the surveillance of health disparities: A multilevel analysis of Massachusetts births, 1989-1991. Am J Epidemiol. 2006 Nov 01; 164(9):823-34. PMID: 16968866.
    Citations: 94     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  39. Subramanian SV, Smith GD. Patterns, distribution, and determinants of under- and overnutrition: a population-based study of women in India. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Sep; 84(3):633-40. PMID: 16960179.
    Citations: 73     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Subramanian SV, Kubzansky L, Berkman L, Fay M, Kawachi I. Neighborhood effects on the self-rated health of elders: uncovering the relative importance of structural and service-related neighborhood environments. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2006 May; 61(3):S153-60. PMID: 16670193.
    Citations: 48     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Subramanian SV, Nandy S, Irving M, Gordon D, Lambert H, Davey Smith G. The mortality divide in India: the differential contributions of gender, caste, and standard of living across the life course. Am J Public Health. 2006 May; 96(5):818-25. PMID: 16571702; PMCID: PMC1470604.
    Citations: 73     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Subramanian SV, Nandy S, Irving M, Gordon D, Davey Smith G. Role of socioeconomic markers and state prohibition policy in predicting alcohol consumption among men and women in India: a multilevel statistical analysis. Bull World Health Organ. 2005 Nov; 83(11):829-36. PMID: 16302039; PMCID: PMC2626474.
    Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Subramanian SV, Kim D, Kawachi I. Covariation in the socioeconomic determinants of self rated health and happiness: a multivariate multilevel analysis of individuals and communities in the USA. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2005 Aug; 59(8):664-9. PMID: 16020643; PMCID: PMC1733107.
    Citations: 57     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  44. Subramanian SV, Acevedo-Garcia D, Osypuk TL. Racial residential segregation and geographic heterogeneity in black/white disparity in poor self-rated health in the US: a multilevel statistical analysis. Soc Sci Med. 2005 Apr; 60(8):1667-79. PMID: 15686800.
    Citations: 78     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Subramanian SV, Chen JT, Rehkopf DH, Waterman PD, Krieger N. Racial disparities in context: a multilevel analysis of neighborhood variations in poverty and excess mortality among black populations in Massachusetts. Am J Public Health. 2005 Feb; 95(2):260-5. PMID: 15671462; PMCID: PMC1449164.
    Citations: 66     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  46. Subramanian SV, Kawachi I. Whose health is affected by income inequality? A multilevel interaction analysis of contemporaneous and lagged effects of state income inequality on individual self-rated health in the United States. Health Place. 2006 Jun; 12(2):141-56. PMID: 16338630.
    Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  47. Subramanian SV, Nandy S, Kelly M, Gordon D, Davey Smith G. Patterns and distribution of tobacco consumption in India: cross sectional multilevel evidence from the 1998-9 national family health survey. BMJ. 2004 Apr 03; 328(7443):801-6. PMID: 15070637; PMCID: PMC383376.
    Citations: 84     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  48. Subramanian SV, Kawachi I. Income inequality and health: what have we learned so far? Epidemiol Rev. 2004; 26:78-91. PMID: 15234949.
    Citations: 160     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  49. Subramanian SV, Kawachi I. The association between state income inequality and worse health is not confounded by race. Int J Epidemiol. 2003 Dec; 32(6):1022-8. PMID: 14681268.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Subramanian SV, Delgado I, Jadue L, Vega J, Kawachi I. Income inequality and health: multilevel analysis of Chilean communities. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2003 Nov; 57(11):844-8. PMID: 14600107.
    Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  51. Subramanian SV, Lochner KA, Kawachi I. Neighborhood differences in social capital: a compositional artifact or a contextual construct? Health Place. 2003 Mar; 9(1):33-44. PMID: 12609471.
    Citations: 69     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  52. Subramanian SV, Kim DJ, Kawachi I. Social trust and self-rated health in US communities: a multilevel analysis. J Urban Health. 2002 Dec; 79(4 Suppl 1):S21-34. PMID: 12473696.
    Citations: 110     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  53. Subramania SV, Kawachi I, Kennedy BP. Does the state you live in make a difference? Multilevel analysis of self-rated health in the US. Soc Sci Med. 2001 Jul; 53(1):9-19. PMID: 11380164.
    Citations: 82     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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