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, (Research Assistant)


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.

Bhavi Shah, (Research Assistant)


As a sophomore majoring in Biology at UIC, I am thrilled to be a part of the SAHELI team. I am eager to engage with the community through recruitment and outreach and make a positive contribution to the community through research. My goal is to be able to gain the experience and tools through which I can help under served communities. In my free time, I enjoy taking long walks, watching movies, and spending time with family.

Sarah Hussain, (Research Assistant)


Sarah is a Research Assistant at NU. Her medical background and passion for serving the public in the world of health fuels her desire to understand and address the complex health challenges and inequities of our constantly evolving world.

She is passionate about SAHELI’s mission of improving the community’s quality of life through outreach and education of disease prevention, healthy lifestyle promotion, and the application of evidence based research in order to make a difference on a larger scale.

In her spare time, she enjoys barre workouts, spending time with her family, and traveling with her husband.

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.