Dr. Patil will spend her fellowship year at Sri Ramachandra Tnstitute of Higher Education and Research in Chennai under the mentorship of Naveen Puttaswamy, PhD and Andres Cardenas, PhD. Her research will focus on assessing the relationship between secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure and dental caries in children of the Household Air Pollution Tnter- vention Network (HAPTN) cohort.
Dr. Patil is a Pediatric Dentist and is currently pursuing her PhD. Through this fellowship, she hopes to bridge the gap between children's environment and oral health. She aspires to leverage the unique expertise of environmental health and dentistry fields to understand how environmental exposure (i.e., exposome) might influence ECC susceptibility - and determine a way to reverse or mitigate it.