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Assistant Scientist
Kayur Mehta

Departmental Affiliations

Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

Contact Info

4852 Lee Hollow PL
Ellicott City

Research Interests

Child Health; Vaccines; Pneumococcus; Influenza; Nutrition
Experiences & Accomplishments
McGill University
Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
MSc, McGill University, 2021
Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Toronto, 2018
MD, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, 2012
MBBS, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, 2008

Dr. Mehta is Assistant Scientist at the International Vaccine Access Center. He is a pediatric infectious disease specialist with a focus on infectious disease epidemiology and maternal and child health, particularly in low- and middle-income country settings. He has several years of clinical and research experience in infectious diseases and child health in India, Nepal and Canada. He is a co-investigator on the PREVAIL project, which aims to evaluate the impact of the rollout of the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) in India’s Universal Immunization Program. Dr. Mehta is also the Associate Director of Research at the Johns Hopkins Maternal and Child Health Center India, where his current research focuses on understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal and child health services in India, and also on understanding the impact of maternal nutrition on birth and infant outcomes.
Honors & Awards
2021: Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CACMID) Poster Award for the best poster presented at the Annual conference of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases - Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (AMMI-CACMID), April 2021.

2018: Alan Ross bursary award, Department of Pediatrics, McGill University, Canada.
Select Publications
Selected publications
  • Foy BH, Wahl B, Mehta K, Shet A, Menon GI, Britto C, Comparing COVID-19 vaccine allocation strategies in India: A mathematical modelling study, International Journal of Infectious Diseases (2020), doi:
  • Shet, A., Mehta, K. Refining Clinical Triage and Management of Dengue Infection in Children: A Timely Approach. Indian Pediatr 57, 895–896 (2020).
  • Mehta K, Zodpey S, Banerjee P, Pocius SL, Dhaliwal BK, DeLuca A, Bhattacharya SD, Hegde S, Sengupta P, Gupta M, Shet A. Shifting research priorities in maternal and child health in the COVID-19 pandemic era in India: A renewed focus on systems strengthening. PLoS One. 2021 Aug 12;16(8):e0256099. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0256099. PMID: 34383861; PMCID: PMC8360530.
  • Mehta K, Goneau LW, Wong J, L`Huillier AG, Gubbay JB. Zoonotic influenza and human health – Part 2: Clinical features, diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2018 Aug 1;20(10):38.
  • Mehta K, Ekstrand ML, Heylen E, Sanjeeva GN, Shet A. Adherence to antiretroviral therapy among children living with HIV in South India. AIDS Behav. 2016 May;20(5):1076-83.
Maternal and Child Health Center India - MCHI
PREVAIL - Pneumonia Research and Vaccine Impact League