Esmita is the research pharmacist at the National Institute of Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance. The HPRU is a partnership between Imperial College London, Public Health England, Cambridge University Veterinary School, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Imperial College Health Partners North West London Academic Health Science Network. She is also a visiting Researcher at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Norway, where she is involved in helping implement that national antibiotic stewardship programme. Esmita completed her doctoral thesis investigating antimicrobial stewardship across India, Norway, France and England, from Imperial in 2018. She is the co-developer or a Massive Open Online Course on antimicrobial stewardship with the University of Dundee and BSAC.
After completing her post-graduate training in Cambridge University Hospitals and ten years of experience as a clinical pharmacist in hospitals, Esmita began her research career. She is the recipient of the RPSGB Galen Pharmacy Research Award for research into antibiotic dosing and obesity. She is an investigator in a NIHR Invention for Innovation award investigating the development and use of a point of care personalised clinical decision support tool for antimicrobial prescribing. In her academic career the focus of her research has been behaviour change interventions in the field of antimicrobial stewardship and the role of mobile health technologies to influence decision making. She is co-investigator on the ESRC award (2017-2021): Optimising antibiotic use along surgical pathways: addressing antimicrobial resistance and improving clinical outcomes (in England, Scotland, Rwanda, India & South Africa). Esmita completed her Masters (MPharm Hons) in Pharmacy at University College London, and her MSc in Infectious Diseases at LSHTM.
She is an investigator in a National Institute of Health Research Invention for Innovation award investigating the development and use of a point of care personalized clinical decision support tool for antimicrobial prescribing.
Throughout her time at Imperial the focus of Esmita's research has been behaviour change interventions in the field of antimicrobial stewardship and the role of mobile health technologies to influence decision making.
Esmita has a degree in Pharmacy from the University of London (MPharm). Following several years of clinical posts at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge Esmita obtained a MSc in Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She was awarded her PhD from Imperial College London in 2018. Previous to joining Imperial as a researcher Esmita held several Clinical posts at the Royal Free Hospital, the North Middlesex Hospital and was the Scientific Secretariat to a Department of Health Scientific Expert Advisory Group.
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