Gauri Desai


Dr. Gauri Desai.

Gauri Desai


Gauri Desai


Clinical Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Community for Global Health Equity

Research Topics

Effects of toxic chemicals on child health, maternal and child health, and nutritional interventions among children

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Gauri Desai, PhD, MPH, is an environmental epidemiologist with training in epidemiology and microbiology.

Her research interests are primarily in the area of environmental epidemiology and global health, focusing on understanding the impact of environmental toxins on children's growth and development. She is also interested in understanding the role of diet in mitigating the toxicity of environmental exposures. She teaches undergraduate courses related to global health, epidemiology, general public health, as well as maternal and child health. 


  • PhD, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Epidemiology
  • MPH, Indiana University Bloomington, Epidemiology
  • PGD, University of Pune, India, Hospital and Healthcare Management 
  • BS, University of Pune, India, Microbiology

Professional Training

  • Adjunct instructor, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo
  • Co-facilitator, Global Innovation Challenge, University at Buffalo
  • Lumen Circles Fellowship on Open Educational Resources, 2020

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Epidemiologic Research, (2016 - present)
  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, (2018 - present)


  • Dr. Rebecca James Baker Award, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, 2021 
  • Saxon Graham Award for Excellence in Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo, 2020