Dr. Padmini Srikantiah leads the foundation’s initiative to address respiratory syncytial virus, the leading cause of pneumonia in young infants globally, through the development of effective maternal and infant immunization strategies. She also leads the cross-foundation antimicrobial resistance strategy, which includes efforts to prevent newborn sepsis by developing a vaccine against Klebsiella pneumoniae, a frequently drug-resistant pathogen.
Previously, she served as a senior medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), leading its AMR initiative in India, which encompassed efforts to strengthen AMR surveillance and reduce key health care–associated infections. She also led the CDC’s infectious disease surveillance in India.
Padmini earned a B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.D. from the University of California San Diego, and an MPH in epidemiology from UC Berkeley. She is board certified in infectious diseases and served in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.
Padmini was born in India and grew up in Northern California. She lived in New Delhi for 11 years before joining the foundation in 2017.
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