Lavanya Vasudevan, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
2200 West Main Street, Suite 600 Room 606, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 613-1423

Lavanya Vasudevan, PhD, MPH, CPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Global Health Institute at Duke University. Additionally, Dr. Vasudevan holds the title of faculty affiliate at the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke. Dr. Vasudevan completed her doctoral studies in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology from Cornell University and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Francisco. She subsequently received a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. She is currently a Duke Clinical and Translational Sciences KL2 Research and Career Development Award Scholar. She has received several awards and honors including induction in the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health and the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s Ward Cates Emerging Leader in Global Health award. 



Education and Training

  • Cornell University, Ph.D. 2008
  • Cornell University, Ph.D. 2009
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, M.P.H. 2012


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Agarwal S, LeFevre AE, Lee J, L'Engle K, Mehl G, Sinha C, Labrique A, WHO mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group . Guidelines for reporting of health interventions using mobile phones: mobile health (mHealth) evidence reporting and assessment (mERA) checklist. Bmj (Clinical Research Ed.). 2016 Mar 17;352:i1174-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 26988021.

Uddin MJ, Shamsuzzaman M, Horng L, Labrique A, Vasudevan L, Zeller K, Chowdhury M, Larson CP, Bishai D, Alam N. Use of mobile phones for improving vaccination coverage among children living in rural hard-to-reach areas and urban streets of Bangladesh. Vaccine. 2016 Jan;34(2):276-283. PubMed PMID: 26647290.

Mehl G, Vasudevan L, Gonsalves L, Berg M, Seimon T, Temmerman M, et al. Harnessing mHealth in Low-Resource Settings to Overcome Health System Constraints and Achieve Universal Access to Healthcare. In: Behavioral Health Care and Technology. Oxford University Press; 2014. p. 239–63.

Vasudevan L, Labrique AB, Mehra S, Wu L, Levine O, Feikin D, Klemm R, Christian P, West KP. Maternal determinants of timely vaccination coverage among infants in rural Bangladesh. Vaccine. 2014 Sep;32(42):5514-5519. PubMed PMID: 25132336.

Bloomfield GS, Vedanthan R, Vasudevan L, Kithei A, Were M, Velazquez EJ. Mobile health for non-communicable diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review of the literature and strategic framework for research. Globalization and Health. 2014 Jun 13;10:49-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 24927745. (Review)

Majeed SR, Vasudevan L, Chen C-Y, Luo Y, Torres JA, Evans TM, Sharkey A, Foraker AB, Wong NML, Esk C, Freeman TA, Moffett A, Keen JH, Brodsky FM. Clathrin light chains are required for the gyrating-clathrin recycling pathway and thereby promote cell migration. Nature Communications. 2014 May 23;5:3891-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 24852344.

Labrique AB, Vasudevan L, Kochi E, Fabricant R, Mehl G. mHealth innovations as health system strengthening tools: 12 common applications and a visual framework. Global Health, Science and Practice. 2013 Aug 6;1(2):160-171. PubMed Central PMCID: 25276529.

Labrique A, Vasudevan L, Chang LW, Mehl G. H_pe for mHealth: more "y" or "o" on the horizon?. Int J Med Inform. 2013 May;82(5):467-469. PubMed PMID: 23279850. (Letter)

Bonazzi M, Kühbacher A, Toledo-Arana A, Mallet A, Vasudevan L, Pizarro-Cerdá J, Brodsky FM, Cossart P. A common clathrin-mediated machinery co-ordinates cell-cell adhesion and bacterial internalization. Traffic. 2012 Dec;13(12):1653-1666. PubMed PMID: 22984946.

Bonazzi M, Vasudevan L, Mallet A, Sachse M, Sartori A, Prevost M-C, Roberts A, Taner SB, Wilbur JD, Brodsky FM, Cossart P. Clathrin phosphorylation is required for actin recruitment at sites of bacterial adhesion and internalization. The Journal of Cell Biology. 2011 Oct;195(3):525-536. PubMed Central PMCID: 22042622.