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Shobhana Nagraj

Shobhana Nagraj

Shobhana Nagraj


MRC Clinical Research Fellow

  • PI Group: Dr Jane Hirst

Global Maternal Child Health

I am a primary care physician with a special interest in global maternal child health. I completed a degree in medical anthropology before training as a surgeon, specialising in paediatric surgery.  After working for a few months in Malawi, I experienced first-hand the importance of the social determinants of health.  I returned to the UK to re-train as an academic primary care physician, conducting health services research at the University of Cambridge, where I completed my MPhil in Primary Care Research Methods. 

During my time as a clinician and medical educator, I have worked closely with rural communities and community healthcare workers in low resource-settings in India and Malawi. I am passionate about providing high quality, evidence-based care to rural populations.  

My DPhil project involves adopting a life-course approach to women's health and the prevention of non-communicable diseases.  I am performing research into the development of a complex intervention using mHealth technology in the context of rural India to screen, refer and manage women with high-risk pregnancies in the postpartum period. 

My supervisors are Professor Stephen Kennedy, Professor Robyn Norton, Dr Jane Hirst and Dr Lisa Hinton. 

My research interests include: global maternal child health, women's health, community health care workers, innovative technology and medical education.