Researcher biography

Seema is a nutritional epidemiologist and her research interests are focused on the health and nutrition of women and children in developing countries.

She has participated in various research projects in India, Vietnam, Thailand and Bangladesh. She is currently one of the Chief Investigators of the NH&MRC funded Mirpur Shishu Pushti Project in Bangladesh. The project is testing an extended peer counselling intervention to improve the prevalence of breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding practices and reduce rates of malnutrition in infants and children in urban Dhaka.

Seema is a founding member of the South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN) funded by AusAID. SAIFRN seeks to improve infant and young child feeding practices and reduce infant mortality in the South Asian region. As part of the network she attends biannual research and dissemination meetings which are focused on developing new research questions and increasing the research capacity of South Asian investigators with an interest in infant and young child feeding. The outcomes include creating policy relevant information about the current situation and assessing trends and key factors associated with infant and young child feeding practices in the region.

Seema's previous roles were as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash University, The University of Melbourne and previous to that at the University of Sydney and The George Institute for International Health Research.