Ankita Siddhanta, Ph.D., M.S. - University of Houston
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Ankita Siddhanta, Ph.D., M.S.

Ankita Siddhanta is a Research Assistant Professor with UH Population Health. She is also a 2022-23 Leadership Fellow with the National Institute of Health’s Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversit (AIM-AHEAD). program  

Siddhanta holds a master’s degree, and doctoral degree in Demography/Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences, India. She also received a master’s degree in Geography from the Presidency University, Kolkata.

During her Ph.D., her research focused on undocumented migration and STI/HIV vulnerability among Bangladeshi migrants in Kolkata, India.

She has experience working for Demographic Health Survey (India) and worked on the Longitudinal Aging Study in India – a joint effort by Harvard University, University of Southern California and the International Institute for Population Sciences. She has also worked for IPE Global, India, for a project called Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity, focusing on the health of urban poor. She has published more than 25 scientific research papers and has received research grants and awards from the Science and Engineering Board of India, Indian Council of Medical Research, Indian Council of Social Science Research, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the British Society for Population Studies and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

Her research has been presented at platforms such as the Annual Meeting of Population Association of America, World Social Science Forum, International Population Conference, International Conference on Urban Health and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

She also completed a training program on Population and Development at Brown University. She is an Associate Editor for the journal “Frontiers in Human Dynamics,” and a consulting Editor for the journal “Hospital Topics.”

Her research interests include migration, aging and urban health. Outside of research, Ankita enjoys painting, dancing and cooking.