Nisha Puntambekar is a Program Specialist of International Affairs at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in Washington, DC. In this position, she manages large-scale public health programs across West and Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Through collaborations with local partners, her programs strive to mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in resource-limited countries. She has previous experiences working as a public health analyst conducting research on the impact of the International Health Regulations (2005), biodefense and biosecurity issues, and foodborne illness.

Nisha graduated from the George Washington University with her M.P.H. in global health policy.  She is currently a Dr.P.H. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.