P.S. Saravanamurthy PS Saravanamurthy  
US Training at Einstein: Aug., 2008 - Feb., 2009
Position: Visiting Fellow
Home Country: India
Position in Home Country: Graduate Student, University of Madras, Chennai
India Mentor: Dr. P. Rajendran, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Sree Ramachandra Medical College and Hospital, Porur, Chennai
US Host Lab Mentor: Dr. Julia Arnsten
Current Position: Independent Research consultant (Behavioral and Bio-medical)

P. S. Saravanamurthy visited Albert-Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) as a Ph.D scholar from Department of Microbiology at Dr. Alagappa Mudaliar Post Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Madras, Chennai, India. He is also a Research Officer at Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHII) at Chennai, India. He has been conducting his doctoral thesis research on "Sexual Practices and Sexually Transmitted Infections including HIV/AIDS among male-to-female transgenders in Chennai, India". He came to Einstein to receive research mentoring to complete this project. Based upon the research findings, he submitted a manuscript with the mentorship of Dr. Julia Arnsten to a peer reviewed journal (see below under publications). Further with the mentorship of Dr. Arnsten, he designed a behavioral and biomedical HIV/AIDS intervention for the male-to-female transgenders in Chennai, India. During his visit to Einstein, he attended classes on Epidemiology, Statistics and Research Ethics conducted through Master's in Clinical Research Training Program. Additionally, he visited the HIV/AIDS interventions among injecting drug users in New York. He has also received training in human subjects' research through Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) conducted by University of Miami. The goal of the current research is to study the role of motivational interviewing among male-to-female transgenders in changing the high risk sexual behavior and in reducing new STI/HIV infections. His future plan includes developing a strong public health research skill by working in collaboration with AECOM with the mentorship of Dr. Arnsten and later design and conducts more behavioral and biomedical HIV/AIDS interventions in India. He plans to return to Einstein for a full-scale collaborative study based on the project designed with the help of Dr. Arnsten.

Publications from AITRP Research
  1. P. S. Saravanamurthy, P. Rajendran, P. M. Miranda, G. Ashok, S. S. Raghavan, J. H. Arnsten, L. Ramakrishnan and S. Vijayakumar (2010) A Cross-sectional Study of Sexual Practices, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Human Immunodeficiency Virus among Male-to-Female Transgender People. Am. Med. J. 1: 87-93
Status of Ph.D.: Submitted Synopsis. Thesis under review.

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