Instructional Faculty


Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • M.H.A. Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • M.B.B.S Bangalore University
Manjunath has joined the Future Generations team to teach Health for All and boasts an extensive background in public health in both the U.S. and India. He has particular experience in the following: quantitative data management and statistical analysis, cost of illness studies, cost effectiveness analysis, mixed methods research, research methodology, survey design, implementation, systematic literature review and narrative synthesis, health economics, appraisals of research and grant proposals, monitoring and evaluation, module based training, project and team management, and coordination with different agencies and people.

Research articles:

Shankar, MB, Staples JE, Meltzer MI, Fischer M. Cost effectiveness of age-based targeted West
Nile virus vaccine. Vaccine, 35(23):3143-3151, 2017. Available Online MI, Santibanez S, Fischer LS, et al. Modeling in Real Time During the Ebola Response. MMWR Suppl 2016;65(Suppl-3):85–89. DOI:

Nelson C, Saha S, Kugeler K, Delorey M, Shankar M., Hinckley A,Mead P, Epidemilogy of Lyme Disease Diagnosed by Health Care Providers and Estimated Disease Burden in the United States Emerging infectious diseases, 2015. 21(9): p. 1625-1631

Rainisch, G., Asher, J., George, D., Clay, M., Smith, T. L., Kosmos, C., Shankar M., … Meltzer, M. I. (2015). Estimating Ebola Treatment Needs, United States. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 21(7), 1273–1275.

Carias C, Rainisch G,Shankar M., Adhikari B, Swerdlow D, Bower W et al “Potential Demand for Respirators and Surgical Masks During a Hypothetical Influenza Pandemic in the United States”, Clinical Infectious Diseases 60 (suppl 1), S42-S51

Rainisch G, Shankar M., Wellman M, Merlin T, Meltzer MI. Regional spread of ebola virus, west Africa, 2014. Emerging infectious diseases. 2015 Mar;21(3):444-7. PubMed PMID: 25693782. Pubmed Central PMCID: PMC4344291. Epub 2015/02/20. Eng (Nominated for Charles Shepard award in CDC)

Staples JE, Shankar MB., Sejvar JJ, Meltzer MI, Fischer M. Initial and long-term costs of patients hospitalized with West Nile virus disease. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 2014 Mar;90(3):402-9. PubMed PMID: 24515937. Pubmed Central PMCID: PMC3945683. Epub 2014/02/12. Eng(Nominated for Charles Shepard Award in CDC)

Ailes E, Budge P, Shankar M., Collier S, Brinton W, et al. (2013) Economic and Health Impacts Associated with a Salmonella Typhimurium Drinking Water Outbreak−Alamosa, CO, 2008. PLoS ONE 8(3): e57439. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057439

Desai, R., Cortese, M. M., Meltzer, M. I., Shankar, M., Tate, J. E., Yen, C., Patel , M. M., Parashar, U. D. (2013). Potential intussusception risk versus benefits of rotavirus vaccination in the united states. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 32(1), 1-7. doi:10.1097/INF.0b013e318270362c; 10.1097/INF.0b013e318270362c

Surkan, P. J., Shankar, M., Katz, J., Siegel, E. H., Leclerq, S. C., Khatry, S. K., Stoltzfus, R.j., Tielsch,
J. M. (2012). Beneficial effects of zinc supplementation on head circumference of nepaleseinfants and toddlers: A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition,66(7), 836-842. doi:10.1038/ejcn.2012.42; 10.1038/ejcn.2012.42

Frick K, Clement L R and Shankar M., ‘Screening for refractive error and fitting with spectacles in rural and urban India: Cost-effectiveness’. Ophthalmic Epidemiology 2009 Nov-Dec; 16(6)

Mavalankar D, Raman P, Shankar M. Top management capacity: key constraints in Safe Motherhood Program in India. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 2007 12, 62

Fleck-Derderian S, Shankar M, Chatham-Stephens K, Adjei S, Rao AK, Sobel J, Meltzer MI,Meaney-Delman D, Pillai SK. The Epidemiology of Foodborne Botulism Outbreaks: A Systematic Review. Clin Infect Dis, 17; 66(Suppl 1):S73-S81, 2017.

Satish Pillai, Manjunath Shankar, Katherine Hendricks, William Bower, Dana Meaney-Delman; Treatment of Complicated, Cutaneous Anthrax: A Systematic Review, Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Volume 2, Issue suppl_1, 1 December 2015, 1968,

Robinson KR, Saldanha I, Shankar M., Odelola AO, Sengupta S et al, ‘Review of Evidence for the Pulmonary Guidelines Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Treatment of Acute Exacerbations’ Draft Report . 05th December 2007

Robinson KR, Agarwal RK, Shankar M., Cheung T, Kisalu A, Yi SS, Yu KJ et al, ‘Review of Evidence for the Pulmonary Guidelines Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Chronic Maintenance Therapy’ Draft Report . 28th August 2006.

Book Chapters:

Frick K and Shankar M., Report on “Economic Evaluation of Childhood Blindness Interventions” Draft copy Submitted to Academy for Educational Development.

Mavalankar D and Shankar M.,“Sanitation and Water: The forgotten Infrastructure” In: India Infrastructure Report 2004, Ensuring Value for Money. New Delhi: Oxford University Press; 2004. p 314-321

WHITE PAPER: “ Integrated Capabilities Document: Respiratory Protective Devices and Facemask Chapter”(Modeling Section)- Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise, US Department of Health and Human Services 2015

WHITE PAPER: “Updating the estimates of the future number of cases in the Ebola epidemic — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, 2014–2015”- CDC IMS Modeling Task Force, CDC EOC West Africa Ebola Response 2014

WHITE PAPER: “Estimating the Risk of Sexual Transmission of Ebola”-CDC IMS Modeling Task Force, CDC EOC West Africa Ebola Response 2014

Manuscript(s) under review/ submitted/ in preparation:
Manjunath Shankar, Rosa Rodríguez-Acosta , Tyler Sharp, Harold Margolis, Kay Tomashek, Martin Meltzer, “Estimating the degree of under-reporting of Dengue in Puerto Rico using a Multiplier Model”(submitted to PLOS NTD).