Vice-President for Research and Policy, Public Health Foundation
Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan has overseen the growth of a research division from 80 to over 700
technical and research staff between 2011 and 2014 at PHFI. In 2012, Laxminarayan established the
Immunization Technical Support Unit that supports the immunization program of the Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare of the Government of India.
Laxminarayan is an economist and epidemiologist by training. His research work deals with the integration
of epidemiological models of infectious diseases and drug resistance into the economic analysis of public
health problems. He has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of
managing a shared global resource.
He is a series editor of the Disease Control Priorities for Developing Countries, 3rd edition. He has
served on a number of advisory committees at the World Health Organization, Centres for Disease
Control and Prevention, and the US National Academies of Science/Institute of Medicine. In 2003-04, he
served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Economics of Anti-malarial Drugs and subsequently
helped create the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, a novel financing mechanism for antimalarials.
Laxminarayan also directs the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington DC, and
is a Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University.