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Dr. Santu Ghosh   Dr. Santu Ghosh    M.Sc (Statistics) , Ph.D
Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai- 600116
Phone No:  9941005569
Email: santu@ehe.org.in

He has a post graduate degree in Statistics from University of Calcutta, Kolkata and pursuing his doctorate in the inter-disciplinary field of Statistics in Environmental Health Sciences at Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India. Earlier he completed his Bachelor degree with Statistics as a major at Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapure, Kolkata. He has been involved as a co investigator (statistician) in many research projects related to air pollution and health funded by national and international agencies during last eight years. Along with research he has been teaching Research Methodology module for general health science courses, basic and intermediate Biostatistics for MPH course and a value added course on ‘Biostatistics for Health Sciences’ through statistical language ‘R’.


Field of Interest: Environmental Biostatistics, Environmental Epidemiology, Health effect of air pollution, Air pollution modeling, Spatial Statistics.



Peer Reviewed Publication:

Santu Ghosh, Kalyan Das, Peter Condon.(2007). Analysis of   marginally specified semi-nonparametric models for clustered binary data, Statistica Neerlandica , Vol. 61, nr. 3, pp. 292–304

Balakrishnan K, Ramalingam A, Dasu V, Kumarasamy D, Mukhopadhyay K, Ghosh S, Sambandam S (2010). Case studies on heat stress related perceptions in different industrial sections in south India. Global Health Action, 3: 5635 - DOI: 10.3402/gha.v3i0.5635

Priscilla Johnson, Padmavathi Ramaswamy, Santu Ghosh, Preetha Paul, Sitalakshmi.R , Kalpana Balakrishnan, Vijayalakshmi Thanasekaraan, A.S.Subhashini(2011). Evaluation of Muco-Ciliary clearance among women using biomass and clean fuel in a peri-urban area of Chennai- A Preliminary Study, Lung India, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 30-33 , DOI:10.4103/0970-2113.76298 

Balakrishnan K, Ganguli B, Ghosh S, Sankar S, Thanasekaraan V, Rayudu VN, Caussy H. (2011). Short-Term Effects of Air Pollution on Mortality: Results from a Time- Series Analysis in Chennai, India. HEI Health Review Committee.Res Rep Health Eff Inst. 2011 Mar;(157):7-44

Balakrishnan K, Ganguli B, Ghosh S, Sankar S, Sen Roy S, Chatterjee A. (2011). A spatially disaggregated time-series analysis of the short-term effects of particulate matter exposure on mortality in Chennai,India. Air Qual Atmos Health, 2011. DOI 10.1007/s11869-011-0151-6

6.Balakrishnan K, Ramaswamy P, Sambandam S, Thangavel G, Ghosh S, Johnson P,  Mukhopadhyay K, Venugopal V, Thanasekaraan V.(2011) Air pollution from household solid fuel combustion in India:An overview of exposure and health related information to inform health research priorities, Global Health Action Oct, 2011,4: 5638 - DOI: 10.3402/gha.v4i0.563

7.Priscilla Johnson, Kalpana Balakrishnan, Padmavathi Ramaswamy, Santu Ghosh, Muthukumar Sadhasivam, Omprakash Abirami, Bernard W.C. Sathiasekaran, Kirk R. Smith, Vijayalakshmi Thanasekaraan, Arcot S. Subhashini. Prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in rural women of Tamilnadu: implications for refining disease burden assessments attributable to household biomass combustion. Global Health Action, 2011 4: 7226   DOI: 10.3402/gha.v4i0.7226

8.       Lim, SS, Vos, T., Flaxman, A D, Danaei, G, Shibuya, K, Adair-Rohani, H, Amann,…….,Ghosh, S., et al: A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study Lancet 2012, 380: 2224-60

9.Balakrishnan K., Ghosh S., Ganguli B., Sambandam S., Bruce N., Barnes, D.F., Smith K.R. Modeling national average household concentrations of PM2.5 from solid cookfuel use for the Global Burden of Disease-2010 assessment” Results from cross-sectional assessments in India. Environmental Health ,2013, 12:77, http://www.ehjournal.net/content/12/1/77

10.Kathleen F. Bush, Marie S. O’Neill, Shi Li, Bhramar Mukherjee, Howard Hu, Santu Ghosh, and Kalpana Balakrishnan. Associations between Extreme Precipitation and Gastrointestinal-Related Hospital Admissions in Chennai, India. Environmental Health Perspective, 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1306807 (Advance Publication)


Abstract Publications:

1.       Johnson, P ; Sadasivam, M,  Ghosh, S ; Ramaswamy, P ; Balakrishnan, K ; Sathyasekaran, B ; Thanasekaraan, V Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Biomass Fuel Users in Tamil Nadu-a Pilot Study for Assessment of Prevalence and Implications for the Burden of Disease in Rural Women. Epidemiology, 19 (6): S281-S281 Suppl. S NOV 2008 ISSN: 1044-3983.

2.       Ghosh S,Johnson P, Ravinder S, Chakraborty M, Mittal M, Balakrishnan K. Development and application of spatially disaggregated exposure series in time –series  analysis of air pollution-related Health Effects in Chennai, India. Epidemiology,22 (1):S81-S82 January 2011 doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000391914.08705.73

3.       Ghosh, Santu; Thangavel, Gurusamy; Sambandam, Sankar; Balakrishnan, Kalpana. Modeling Concentrations of Particulate Matter in Solid Fuel Using Households From India. Epidemiology. 22(1):S118, January 2011. doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000392031.69698.c8

4.       Johnson, Priscilla; Ramaswamy, Padmavathi; Balakrishnan, Kalpana; Ghosh, Santu; Ravinder, Sheela; Krishnan, Bindu; Balakrishnan, Rajagopalan; Thanasekaraan, Vijayalakshmi; A. S., Subhashini. Comparison of Peak Expiratory Flow Rate Variability Between Asthmatics and Healthy Individuals of Chennai City, India. Epidemiology. 22(1):S190-S191, January 2011.

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000392265.02842.35

5.       Ravinder, Sheela; Johnson, Priscilla; Ramaswamy, Padmavathi; Ghosh, Santu; Thangavel, Bhuvaneswari; Balakrishnan, Kalpana; S., Subhashini A. Emergency Room Visits Due to Cardiovascular Illness From a Major Hospital of Chennai, India. Epidemiology. 22(1):S210, January 2011.

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000392328.26399.a9

6.       Ramaswamy, Padmavathi; Balakrishnan, Kalpana; Ghosh, Santu; P., Ramaprabha; Paramasivan, Rajkumar; N., Durairaj; London, Alicia; Khush, Ranjiv; Arnold, Benjamin; Colford, John Jr. Indoor Air Pollution due to Biomass Fuel Combustion and Acute Respiratory Infection in Children Under 5 in Trichy District of Rural Tamilnadu, India. Epidemiology. 22(1):S104, January 2011.

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000391986.25743.26

7.       Kavitha Palaniappan and Santu Ghosh. The effect of climate variables on the risk of dengue incidence in singapore: a temporal analysis for the year 2000-2012. Abstract Number : 3862 | ID : O-4-19-03. Environment and Health, Basel, Switzerland 19-23 August 2013.  http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/ehbasel13/o-4-19-03/


Book chapter:


Household air pollution and exposures: a global review. Chapter 6, WHO Indoor Air Quality Guidelines: Household Fuel Combustion. Kalpana Balakrishnan, Sumi Mehta, Santu Ghosh, Michael Johnson, Michael Brauer, Jim Zhang, Luke Naeher, Kirk R Smith (In press)


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