Uttara is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. Her research is focused on the South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO), a health and demographic surveillance system in Malaysia, and seeks to increase understanding of the prevalence and determinants of risk factors for non-communicable disease among children in Asia.
I am a PhD student at the University of Cambridge funded by the Dr Herchel Smith Fellowship. My primary supervisor is Dr Manj Sandhu. The focus of my research is the South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO), a health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) managed by Monash University Malaysia, which covers a general population in Segamat, Malaysia.
My research interests lie in understanding the prevalence and distribution of NCD risk factors such as obesity among children in Asia, and exploring family and household level influences on these risk factors, applying epidemiological approaches. Using pre-existing health and sociodemographic data, and through further data collection, I aim to characterize the burden and determinants of child NCD risk factors within the community covered by SEACO. This is essential to inform the development of effective prevention and management strategies for NCDs among populations in Asia, which are younger on average and have been documented to develop NCDs at younger ages compared with other populations.
Prior to this, I graduated magna cum laude from Williams College in 2013 with a BA in Biology (highest honours), and completed my MPhil in Public Health (distinction) at the University of Cambridge in 2014.