Ghent University (Belgium)
Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
Upendra graduated as a dentist and taught at the Government Dental College and Hospital (Ahmedabad) before transiting to public health. He did a master's degree in public health with a major in health promotion at Deakin University (Melbourne). He returned to India and joined the Institute of Public Health (Bangalore) in 2007. Since then, he is with the Institute serving in different roles. He is currently Director and the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Fellow. He earned his Ph.D. in public health and health sciences from Ghent University (Ghent). His doctoral work was about studying the role of the local health systems in enhancing care for urban poor living with chronic conditions. His research work is in areas of chronic conditions, tobacco control, health policy and systems, political economy of health and health inequity. He teaches health ethics, urban health, politicaleconomy of health and tobacco control. He was a fellow 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 often writes in popular media. He actively engages in knowledge translation.