I am a social anthropologist by training and received my PhD in Anthropology from the University of Queensland. I currently work as Research Fellow in Social Science at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My current project investigates the strategies of integrating social science into the epidemic responses in Africa.
My research interests revolve around gender and health in Central Asia, China and Sub-Saharan Africa. My doctoral research investigates how young Uzbek men navigate the tension between social expectations and their personal aspirations amidst recent social change such as economic liberalization and re-traditionalization. Prior to my doctoral studies, I was a research assistant and coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Project China, examining the social and ethical implications of HIV cure among key populations in China.
As part of my doctoral research, I have leveraged digital methods, with TikTok playing a crucial role in recruitment and data collection. Additionally, I am proficient in several languages, including Mandarin, Uzbek and Uyghur.
When I need a break from research, I go hiking and long-distance cycling.