Purba Chatterjee, MSc

Associate Director of Global Health Equity, Bixby-Affiliated Global Programs and Program Director for research studies in Kenya.

Ms. Chatterjee fosters collaboration with Bixby’s global health partners to ensure equitable global health partnerships. She is responsible for advising Bixby investigators and staff on global health equity initiatives and guiding principles for forging new partnerships. She supports fund raising strategies to expand the global health equity initiatives and develop capacity strengthening curriculum on global health equity.

Additionally, Ms. Chatterjee supports research management and operations for two research studies in Kenya – PUMA (Point-of-care urine assay to measure adherence to PrEP) and HIV Tobacco Use Cessation Study. Ms. Chatterjee also oversees Dr. Camlin’s grants’ portfolio. She supports strategic planning, organizational development, and capacity building for operational, fiscal, and programmatic success for all the studies she manages. Prior to joining the Bixby Center, Ms. Chatterjee managed the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She has over 15 years of public health program management experience. Ms. Chatterjee began her public health career with the UCSF Positive Health Program (PHP)—now the Department of HIV/AIDS and Global Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). She supported PHP’s international program ASPIRE, managed a research study in Uganda, and then moved to India. She directed the I-TECH India country office in Chennai and thereafter consulted on a USAID funded HIV/AIDS program in Karnataka, India.

Ms. Chatterjee was a Dean’s Diversity Leader for the UCSF School of Medicine Differences Matter initiative during the initial phase of the initiative. She was the staff lead with Dr. Tung Nguyen as the faculty lead for the research action group with the goal to increase the diversity of our scientific workforce and clinical trials participants, and work to ensure that our discovery engine provides better insights into the health and health care needs of our increasingly diverse population


Areas of interest:

  • Capacity Building
  • Management of NCDs in vulnerable populations
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion



  • University of California, Berkeley, Dr. PH student
  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Certificate in Implementation Science
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, Master’s of Science in Public Health
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Bachelor of Arts in Economics