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Dr Peehu Pardeshi

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

Ph.D. in Biosciences, IIT, Bombay,
M.Sc. in Microbiology, University of Pune,
B.Sc. in Microbiology, University of Pune

Dr. Peehu Pardeshi holds a Ph.D. in Biosciences from IIT Bombay. She has transitioned from fundamental biology fields of microbiology and biochemistry to interdisciplinary fields of public health and disaster management.  She has worked with the organization DOCTORS FOR YOU as Research Director and implemented public health projects on topics ranging from tuberculosis and anemia to flood response and recovery. She has also taught life sciences at St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai. She joined as an Assistant Professor at the Center for Disaster Management, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in June 2019.



Her current research focus is on

- biosocial determinants of health among urban poor

- inequities in access to healthcare as a source of vulnerability.

- linkages between climate change, extreme events and health

- social and environmental justice for health

- action research for improving health among vulnerable groups

- policy research and advocacy for climate adaptation for health 

- initiating dialogues on health in climate change debates



*Students interested in research on linkages between climate, disasters and health may please get in touch. Various research projects, workshops, fieldwork and other opportunities may be available for students to engage deeply in this interdisciplinary and cutting-edge field.



Das, S. and Pardeshi, P (2020) COVID-19 Pandemic: Maharashtra – Civil Society Response and Challenges Ahead, University Practice Connect, Azim Premji University. Available at: https://practiceconnect.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/covid-19-pandemic-maharashtra-civil-society-response-and-challenges-ahead/ 

Pardeshi, P (2020) ‘Vaccines to the Rescue’, Economic and Political Weekly, pp. 1–2.

Pardeshi, P et al. (2020) ‘Association between architectural parameters and burden of tuberculosis in three resettlement colonies of M-East Ward, Mumbai, India’, Cities & Health. Routledge, 00(00), pp. 1–18. doi: 10.1080/23748834.2020.1731919.

Singh R, Venu V, Kumar S, Prasad JB, Pardeshi P, Sahu KK. Impact of Counseling and Nutritional Support to Reduce Anemia among Adult Female- An Interventional Study Conducted in Urban Slums of Mumbai. Int J Sci Res. 2019;8(6):1723–6.

Pardeshi P, Rao KK, Balaji PV (2017) Rv3634c from Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv encodes an enzyme with UDP-Gal/Glc and UDP-GalNAc 4-epimerase activities. PLoS ONE 12(4):e0175193. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175193

Newton Bhabha workshop for early career researchers on "Use of AI/ML for epidemic prediction and risk reduction" - to be held in January 2022. 

Spatial Justice for communities resilient to epidemics - funded by TISS Research council- ongoing

Program management and process document writing for “Integrated Child Survival Interventions in emergencies” during Flood response in a tribal belt of Wayanad, Kerala by Doctors For You and UNICEF – October-December 2018.

Project titled “Poshan- Nutritional supplement interventions to help in adherence to the antibiotic treatment among poor MDR-TB patients across 5 states/UTs of India” at Doctors For You, Mumbai – October 2018

Project titled “Association between architectural parameters and burden of tuberculosis
in three resettlement colonies of M-East Ward, Mumbai, India” at Doctors For You, Mumbai – July 2018
Ph.D. thesis titled “Rv3634c of Mycobacterium tuberculosis has UDP-Gal/Glc and UDP-GalNAc 4-epimerase activity” - February 2017.

MDM1 - Disasters, Hazards and Extreme Events

MDM3 - Ecosystems and Habitats

MDM13 - Introduction to Public Health and Mental health in Disaster Studies 

MDM26 - Advanced course in social research in disaster studies


Tools for Quantitative data analysis. 

Internship coordination



Email: peehu.pardeshi[at]tiss[dot]edu