Ghent University (Belgium)
Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
Upendra graduated as a dentist and worked for a few years at the Government Dental College and Hospital (Ahmedabad) with clinical and teaching duties. He then studied master of public health with a major in health promotion at the Deakin University (Melbourne). He returned to India and started working at the Institute of Public Health (Bangalore). He has been doing public health research and advocacy in area of non-communicable diseases, tobacco control, public policies, urban health, health systems strengthening and the intersectoral actions for health. He earned his PhD from the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp) and the Ghent University (Ghent). His PhD focused on studying the role of the local health systems in enhancing care for urban poor living with chronic conditions.
He was a fellow as part of the John Hopkins Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program (2010) and the Arithra Leadership Accelerator Program (2017-18). He has published papers in scientific journals and frequently writes in popular media. He actively engages in knowledge translation and policy advocacy. He has been with the Institute of Public Health since 2007 and currently serves as the faculty and Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Intermediate Fellow. He leads a cluster on chronic health conditions and public policies.