Sanjana Mukherjee, PhD, MSc

Dr. Sanjana Mukherjee is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Health
Science and Security at Georgetown University. At CGHSS, her research focuses on using
qualitative and quantitative analyses to study global governance of public health emergencies
with a focus on mitigating infectious disease threats that pose a significant risk to global health
security.

Prior to joining Georgetown University, Sanjana served as an ORISE Public Health Policy and
Regulatory Research Fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the Office
of Policy, Legislation and International Affairs, Office of the Commissioner. While at FDA, she
worked on national and international level public health priority issues for the USA such as the
opioid epidemic, impact of COVID-19 on controlled substances and FDA’s regulatory decision-
making processes. She has also provided technical input on research related to assessing FDA’s
registration of HIV drugs for use in resource-constrained settings via the US President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and was involved in FDA’s global health initiatives
through its collaborations with WHO with the goal of creating new policies to promote FDA’s
global health mission.

In 2021, Sanjana was selected to serve as a National Science Policy Network SciDEAL Science
Diplomacy Fellow with a focus on Global Health Diplomacy. She worked with SciDipGLOBAL
(Spain) to develop and manage an international pilot collaboration with the Center for Emerging
and Neglected Diseases- University of California Berkeley (USA) and Makerere University
(Uganda). This collaboration created science diplomacy and global health diplomacy education
and training programs to bridge the gap between scientists, diplomats, and policymakers at the
regional, national, and international level. She also has Congressional outreach and advocacy
experience having been selected to participate in the American Society for Microbiology Capitol
Hill Day 2020 to communicate the importance of microbial sciences to legislators and policy
makers in the USA.

Sanjana’s doctorate examined antimicrobial resistance in the foodborne pathogens Shiga toxin-
producing E. coli and Non-Typhoidal Salmonella by employing clinical microbiology,
epidemiology, and genomic methods. She holds a master’s degree in Microbiology from the
University of Delhi, India and a PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Michigan
State University, USA.