|Born||1965 (age 54–55)|
|Alma mater|| Princeton University |
Imperial College London
|Awards|| Rosalind Franklin Award |
Sahitya Akademi Award
|Fields||Epidemiology, evolutionary biology|
|Institutions||University of Oxford|
|Thesis||Heterogeneity and the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases (1992)|
Sunetra Gupta (born March 1965) is an Indian infectious disease epidemiologist and a professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford, England. She has done research on the transmission dynamics of various infectious diseases, including malaria, influenza and COVID-19. Gupta is also a novelist and a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Sunetra Gupta was born in March 1965 in Calcutta, India, as the daughter of Dhruba and Minati Gupta.She trained in biology, holding a bachelor's degree from Princeton University. In 1992, she obtained her Ph.D. from Imperial College London. .
Gupta wrote her PhD thesis on the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases.She is currently a professor of theoretical epidemiology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, where she leads a team of infectious disease epidemiologists. She has done research on various infectious diseases, including malaria, HIV, influenza, bacterial meningitis and COVID-19.
Gupta has been a critique of the lockdown approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that the cost is too high for the poorest in society. She has also questioned the quality of the debate on the pandemic. Pointing out that herd immunity is a way of preventing vulnerable people from dying, her view is that countries should follow the general approach taken by the infectious disease epidemiologists in Sweden, shielding the vulnerable as best possible while those with minimal risk go about their lives and allow herd immunity to build up.
In March 2020, Gupta and colleagues published models for the coronavirus pandemic contrasting to earlier models produced elsewhere. The Oxford model suggested that up to 68% of the population could already have been infected, suggesting broader immunity and a subsiding threat..
Gupta has been awarded the Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific research.[ citation needed ] In July 2013, Gupta's portrait was on display during the prestigious Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition along with leading female scientist such as Madame Curie.
Gupta sits on the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press.
Gupta wrote her first works of fiction in Bengali. She was the translator of the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore. She has published several novels in English. In October 2012 her fifth novel, So Good in Black, was longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Her novels have been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Southern Arts Literature Prize, shortlisted for the Crossword Award, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her novels include:
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