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 is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Global Health Institute at Duke University. She is also a member of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research and the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health. Her research focuses on studying the timeliness of vaccinations, identifying vaccination barriers, and understanding the role of misinformation in driving vaccine hesitancy. In addition, she works on developing and evaluating novel interventions, including those that leverage digital health technologies, for health information or service delivery. In her research, Dr. Vasudevan seeks to study and alleviate the complex challenges with vaccination delivery and uptake in low resource settings and in populations experiencing health disparities. In the context of these challenges, Dr. Vasudevan is interested in the use of multidisciplinary collaborations, mixed methods and implementation science frameworks. Dr. Vasudevan has led or collaborated on studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Vasudevan is a recipient of the Duke Clinical and Translational Sciences KL2 Research and Career Development Award. She has received several 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. Dr. Vasudevan completed her doctoral training in molecular biology and genetics at Cornell University and received her Master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Vasudevan is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Education and Training

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


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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.

Baird B, Vasudevan L, Calloway N, Wagenknecht-Wiesner A, Elzer K, Holowka D. Phosphoinositides in Ca2+Signaling and Plasma Membrane Biogenesis: Roles for Electrostatic Interactions. CELL PRESS; 2009 Feb 1:564A-564A.

Vasudevan L, Henschke N, Glenton C, Lewin S, Maayan N, Eyers J, Fønhus MS, Tamrat T, Mehl GL. Birth and death notification via mobile devices(Published online). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews..