Swapna Dave, MPH, MBBS (Research Project Manager)

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I am a Public Health professional with extensive experience working on community-based research, and manage multiple NIH funded research projects focused on cardiovascular health in the South Asian community. I am passionate about Public Health and serve on the Skokie Board of Health. Working on the SAHELI study is personally as well as professionally fulfilling since I can help improve the health of my community. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and learning music with my daughter.

Juned Siddique, PhD (Study Statistician)

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I am an Associate Professor and Biostatistician in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. My research efforts focus on developing statistical methods for handling incomplete or missing data. I apply these methods to a range of problems including rater bias, participant dropout, data harmonization in individual participant data analysis, and measurement error. I collaborate closely with lifestyle intervention researchers and have particular interests in the analysis of diet and physical activity data.

Veronica Bernard, (SAHELI Study Intern)


I am a rising junior at Marquette University majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I am excited to be interning with the SAHELI team this summer where my role is to assist in community outreach and participant recruitment. My goal is to make a positive contribution to the SAHELI study, as well as to learn and develop the skills necessary to make an impact in medical public service. In my free time, I love to cook, spend time with my family and friends, and play lacrosse for Marquette’s club team.

Maliha Rizvi, (SAHELI Study Intern)

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I am a cardiovascular research intern here at Northwestern University. I have a true passion for the field of medicine, health care, and health education. My family and my loving grandparents especially, inspire me to help people who suffer from health issues in any way I possibly can. I am fascinated in regards to learning more about cardiovascular health concerns among the South Asian population and finding ways to improve their health through exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, cooking, watching basketball, and spending time with my baby cousins.

Binoy Shah, (Research Assistant)


Binoy Shah is currently a Medical Student at the University of Missouri - Kansas City and is eager to help with the SAHELI program at Northwestern. Binoy has experience in the public health arena as he has completed a previous research internship involving teaming up with faith based organizations to improve African American health outcomes specifically focusing on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Alcohol and Drug Use. Binoy is fluent in Gujarati and can understand Hindi. Binoy hopes to learn which specific problems impact the South Asian Community and how medical professionals can help rectify said problems and thus play a positive role.