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 Rajiv Chowdhury

Rajiv Chowdhury

Professor of Global Public Health



Rajiv works as Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Exeter in England. Before embarking on his current full Professor role at Exeter, Rajiv worked at the University of Cambridge since 2008 and was promoted to Reader/Associate Professor in Global Health at Cambridge in 2017.

Additionally, Rajiv serves as a Country Expert in the Global Burden of Disease initiative. He maintains Adjunct roles as a Professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland and Executive Director at South Asian Centre for Non-Communicable Disease Research (CNCR) in Bangladesh.

Rajiv was elected a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology in 2021, a Fellow of the UK Royal Society for Public Health in 2011, and a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology in 2016. Rajiv’s research has informed global guidelines, and has received significant media attention (eg, in BBC, CNN, NY Times, Times). In 2013, Rajiv received the Bill Gates Senior Prize for contributions to global health.

Rajiv is a qualified physician who was trained in global health epidemiology at the University of Cambridge through MPhil in Epidemiology (as a Commonwealth Scholar) and PhD in Public Health (as a Gates Cambridge Scholar) degrees. Rajiv has also received advanced academic training in Global Health at the Harvard and Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health, in Global Nutritional Epidemiology at the Imperial College London, in Genetic Epidemiology at the Erasmus University Netherlands, and in Clinical Trials at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


  • University of Cambridge – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Public Health, Global Health Epidemiology 2009 - 2013
  • University of Cambridge – Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Epidemiology 2006 - 2007
  • University of Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Medicine 1995 - 2001


Research interests

Rajiv’s research interests are broadly in evaluating roles of lifestyle (eg, diet and indigenous smoking patterns), environmental (eg, toxic metals and air pollutants), molecular (eg, vitamin D and fatty acids) factors, and their societal and hereditary determinants, in influencing risks of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Rajiv has a focused interest to study global health inequities among non-Western, minority ethnic populations. Rajiv, working in partnership with investigators in Cambridge and Asia, had established collaborative global health research studies research projects in Bangladesh: BRAVE (a 16,000-participant case-control study of acute heart attacks) and BELIEVE (a 50,000-person prospective cohort study), Malaysia: MAVERIK (a 5,000-person case-control study of early-onset heart attacks), and Sri Lanka: SHINES (a 7,000-person cohort study).

To date, Rajiv has published ~120 peer-reviewed scientific papers (current publication h-index: 63).


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