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Animesh Talukder

Senior Research Fellow

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Centre Affiliation
  • Centre Of Excellence For Science Of Implementation And Scale-Up (COE-SISU)



Short Biography

Despite having a medical background, Animesh Talukder has redirected his career trajectory to public health research to devise evidence-based, cost-effective, and sustainable health solutions tailored to resource-poor contexts’ needs. Animesh is a Senior Research Fellow at JPGSPH and pursuing an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is skilled in conceptualising and conducting quantitative research following epidemiological research designs, analysing cross-sectional and time-series data, and disseminating research findings. His current research project evaluates the clinical impact of dietary low-sodium salt substitutes in preventing hypertension in rural Bangladesh. Previously, in 2021, he evaluated the effectiveness of community-based COVID-19 health programmes in COVID-19 prevention and improving healthcare service utilisation amid the pandemic. Earlier, back in 2019-20, he worked as a visiting fellow for the University of Cambridge (Department of Public Health and Primary Care and MRC Epidemiology Unit) to research physical activity and sedentary behaviour epidemiology in South Asia under the umbrella of a UKRI-funded global health research project– ‘Cambridge Programme to Assist Bangladesh in Lifestyle and Environmental risk reduction’. Besides his research endeavours, Animesh has served as a teaching fellow and tutor in the modules of Epidemiology, Quantitative Research Methodology, and Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health Programmes in the MPH programme at JPGSPH. Furthermore, he has mentored the MPH students with their theses on Tropical Disease Research and COVID-19.

Research Interests

Topic: Diseases (non-specific) Methodology: Epidemiology


  • MPH (BRAC University)
  • BDS (Chittagong Medical College)

Module(s) taught (in MPH)

  • Epidemiology
  • Quantitative Research Methodology
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health Programme
  • Summative Learning Project (SLP)

Selected publications

  • “Talukder, A., Islam, M. N., Sarker, M., Goswami, I., Siddiqua, R. R., Akter, F., Chowdhury, S., Chowdhury, I. A., Rahman, A. U., & Latif, M. (2022). Knowledge and practices related to COVID-19 among mothers of under-2 children and adult males: a cross-sectional study in Bangladesh. BMJ open, 12(5), e059091.”

  • “Talukder, A., Das Gupta, R., Hashan, M. R., Haider, S. S., Sajal, I. H., & Sarker, M. (2021). Association between television viewing and overweight and obesity among women of reproductive age in Timor-Leste: evidence from the demographic health survey 2016. BMJ open, 11(8), e045547.”

  • “Gupta, R. D., Talukder, A., Haider, S. S., & Haider, M. R. (2019). Prevalence and Associated Factors of Hypertension Subtypes Among the Adult Population in Nepal: Evidence from Demographic and Health Survey Data. Osong public health and research perspectives, 10(6), 327–336.”

  • “Das Gupta, R., Talukder, A., Haider, S. S., & Al Kibria, G. M. (2021). Determinants of hypertension in Nepal using odds ratios and prevalence ratios: an analysis of the Demographic and Health Survey 2016. Journal of biosocial science, 53(4), 522–530.”

  • “Gupta, R. Das, Talukder, A., Hossain, M. B., Akonde, M., & Al Kibria, G. M. (2021). Prevalence and associated factors of hypertension among South African adults: findings from the Demographic and Health Survey 2016. Journal of Public Health.”

Full list of Publications

Current projects

  • Clinical Impact of Low-Sodium Salt Substitute Intervention to Prevent Hypertension: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial in Rural Bangladesh


  • Research Fellowship awarded by the University of Cambridge in the Cambridge Programme to Assist Bangladesh in Lifestyle and Environmental (CAPABLE) risk reduction