PHealth Attaché and Regional Representative, US Embassy, New Delhi
U.S. Department of Health and HumanServices
Office of Global Affairs, Office of the Secretary
Dr. Preetha Rajaraman serves as the U.S. Health Attaché for India and Regional Representative for South Asia in the Office of Global Affairs/Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. She is responsible for in-country representation, monitoring and coordination of the policy, programs and research interests of HHS, as well as appropriate coordination of HHS activities with those of other US government agencies engaged in life sciences, health sciences, product safety, public health and social policy activities.Dr. Rajaraman’s previous work as South Asia Program Director for the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Global Health, leading the development, oversight, and evaluation of regional programs for cancer research and training, was recognized by the NCI Director’s Award for exceptional leadership in marshaling trans-NCI collaboration to foster cooperation in cancer research between scientists in United States and India.
Dr. Rajaraman’s research on genetic susceptibility factors and their interaction with known or suspected environmental carcinogens has resulted in over 125 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. She has served on the Scientific Advisory Committees of the International Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium (BTEC), and the U.S. Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), and is currently an expert member of Committee 1 (Biological Effects) of the International Commission of Radiation Protection, the Advisory Board of the Mumbai South East Asia Regional Registry hub for the International Agency for Research in Cancer (WHO-IARC) and the International Advisory Board for the Lancet Oncology.Dr. Rajaraman has a Ph.D. in cancer and molecular epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Delta Omega), an M.Sc. in Environmental Health from the University of Washington, and a BA in Biology (Phi Beta Kappa) from Reed College, Portland OR.