Nitika Pant Pai, MD MPH PhD, is an Assistant Professor at McGill University in the Department of Medicine and a Scientist at the MUHC Research Institute. She is a physician/public health professional with a doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
She has a decade of experience in the design and conduct of research with rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests for HIV and related co-infections (i,e, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, Syphilis). She has conducted studies in diverse marginalized populations in domestic and international settings: incarcerated populations in US, immigrants and injection drug users, in Canada, at risk populations and pregnant women in India, and healthcare workers in South Africa.
Her research vision is to develop innovative strategies with point of care tests, so as to inform, and change policies in the country of research and internationally. Her current focus is on developing innovative strategies for in home, self-testing for HIV in South Africa and Canada, and multiplexed programs with mHealth for India.
Her research work is supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Grand Challenges Canada, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
She is a recipient of numerous awards: CIHR New Investigator award 2010, Grand Challenges Canada’s Stars in Global Health Award 2011, 2013, McMaster’s University Chanchalani Award, 2012 for Global Health Research in HIV, McGill University’s Maude Abbott Award 2013 for research excellence. In 2013, She and her team developed innovative HIV self testing strategy and she received the Accelerating Science in Progress Award for developing innovations borne out of open access from Google, PLOS and Wellcome Trust at the World Bank, Washington, 2013
Research Scientist in Medicine (Division of Clinical Epidemiology)
Associate Member in Medicine (Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health)
Assistant Professor (Tenure track) in Medicine
MPH, Masters in Public Health
MBBS, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh