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I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India.  I recently completed my PhD at the University of California, Berkeley School of Information, where I was a member of the Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions Research Group.

From January 2009-April 2010, I was living in Mbarara, Uganda conducting my dissertation research. While there I was also volunteering as a visiting lecturer at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), and working on ICT projects for HEAL Africa Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

I am part of the Women’s Emergency Communications and Rural Electricity (WE CARE) Solar team, and am a founder of the De Novo Group.

Research Interests: Information, Communications Technology and Development (ICTD), Human-Computer Interaction for Development (HCI4D), Mobile Computing for Healthcare Information Management, Telecommunications Policy and Practice

Dissertation Committee: Dean AnnaLee Saxenian (co-chair), Prof. John Chuang (co-chair), Prof. Eric Brewer and Prof. Jenna Burrell

Methodology: Multi-disciplinary Q2 approach, specifically studying ICT interventions and the socio-cultural dynamics around them.

Prior Education: MSc in Data Communications, Networks and Distributed Systems (DCNDS) from University College London, BA in Computer Science from Cornell University

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