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Lakshmi Ganapathi, M.B.,B.S.

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Biography
2004
Medical Humanism Award, National University of Singapore
2004
The Hillman Award, Canadian Society for International Health
2005
Alumni Award, National University of Singapore
2011
Fred Lovejoy Residency Research Award, Boston Children's Hospital
2012
House Officer Research Award, Society for Pediatric Research
2015
Edward H. Kass Award for Clinical Excellence, Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society
2018
Career Development Fellowship, Office of Faculty Development, Boston Children's Hospital
2019
Center for AIDS Research Developmental Award, Harvard University
2021
The Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award
2022
The William F. Minton Fund Early Career Award, Harvard University
2023
Center for AIDS Research Substance Use and HIV Developmental Award, Harvard University
2024
Co-director, Harvard Center for AIDS Research Substance Use and HIV Scientific Working Group

Overview
I am a pediatric infectious diseases physician with clinical expertise in immunocompromised hosts infectious diseases. Additionally, I am a global health researcher with a research program in India focused on young people in key populations (i.e., people who inject drugs, transgender persons, men who have sex with men), and adolescents and young adults with perinatal HIV. My work centers on understanding the unique vulnerabilities of young people in key populations, characterizing disparities they experience in the receipt of health services, and developing and implementing differentiated care interventions/ services for youth to facilitate engagement in health services broadly. I apply principles of participatory action research and am very fortunate to have formed long-standing collaborations with partners in India including NGOs, foundations, the adolescent medicine chapter of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, and youth in the communities I work with. I employ quantitative, qualitative and implementation science methods in my research. Ongoing work includes the following:

(I) Young people who inject drugs: I am developing and implementing individual and family centered psychosocial interventions to support engagement in substance use treatment and HIV services among young people who inject drugs in India.
(II) Young transgender and gender diverse persons: I am conducting research to better understand access to gender affirming services among young transgender and gender diverse persons in India. Some of this research is informing capacity building/ educational initiatives.
(III) Adolescents and young adults with perinatal HIV: I have co-led the implementation and evaluation of peer-led person centered interventions to address structural and psychosocial barriers to care among adolescents and young adults in India with perinatal HIV.

I have ongoing opportunities for students/ residents/ fellows who would like to be involved in this body of work.

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.