Environmental Health Epidemiologist
- PhD, Epidemiology, University of South Carolina
- MS, Geography and Environmental Resources/GIS, Southern Illinois University
- BSc, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Kathmandu University
Archana Lamichhane, PhD, is an expert in environmental and nutritional epidemiology studying the influence of environmental contaminants and nutritional/dietary factors on the development and management of chronic health outcomes. She also has extensive experience in social determinants of health, including the built food environment and neighborhood socio-demographic factors, and how they shape dietary behaviors and health outcomes. Skilled in epidemiology methods, biostatistics and geospatial analysis, she assesses the role of both individual and contextual risk factors on health outcomes using advanced multi-level modeling approaches.
In her current food safety projects in Malawi and Guatemala, Dr. Lamichhane is mapping the risk of mycotoxin contamination, and assessing its connection to birth and growth impairments among infants and children. Another current U.S.-based project focuses on evaluating the longitudinal associations between air pollution exposures (PM and NOx) and biomarkers of diabetes risk. She has extensively contributed to other multi-center longitudinal studies focused on the epidemiology of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in adults and children in the U.S. In addition to her U.S.-based work on projects with an international scope, Dr. Lamichhane has extensive field experience in designing and implementing development and health programs in low-resource country settings like Nepal. Currently, she is working on a project focused on antimicrobial resistance issue in Nepal.
Prior to joining RTI in 2016, Dr. Lamichhane was a research assistant professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She was a visiting scholar at RTI in 2015 and started collaborating with RTI’s food safety team and scientists from other local universities on mycotoxin contamination issues in high-risk regions such as Africa and Latin America. Dr. Lamichhane conducted postdoctoral research at the Duke Global Health Institute and has an adjunct appointment in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-CH.