Ramanan Laxminarayan directs theCenter for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. He is also a Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton University. His research deals withthe integration of epidemiological modelsof infectious diseases and drug resistance into the economic analysisof public health problems. He has worked to improve understanding of drugresistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource.
Laxminarayan has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) andthe World Bank on evaluating malaria treatment policy, vaccinationstrategies, the economic burden of tuberculosis, and control ofnon-communicable diseases. He has served on a number of advisorycommittees at WHO, Centers for Disease Control and, Prevention, and theInstitute of Medicine. In 2003-04, he served on the National Academy ofScience/Institute of Medicine Committee on the Economics ofAntimalarial Drugs and subsequently helped create the AffordableMedicines Facility for malaria, a novel financing mechanism forantimalarials. His work has been covered in major media outletsincluding Associated Press, BBC, CNN, the Economist, LA Times, NBC,NPR, Reuters, Science, Wall Street Journal, and National Journal.