Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Groups: Food Safety, Antimicrobial Resistance
Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health
Bhagya is a postdoctoral researcher and a member of the Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health Group.
Bhagya obtained her veterinary degree from Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Kerala, India. She then moved to the UK to pursue MSc Control of infectious diseases in animals from the Royal Veterinary College. She later worked as a Research Assistant on several projects before starting her Ph.D. in Milk safety in Senegal and later started working as a postdoctoral researcher.
Bhagya conducts public health research mostly focusing on zoonotic diseases, food safety, and antimicrobial resistance.
Bhagya is involved in delivering and tutoring some online courses.
Modelling exposure to biological hazards in the dairy chains of Andhra Pradesh to inform food safety policy
The dairy industry in Andhra Pradesh is intensifying and its output increasing to satisfy the growing demand for milk and dairy products, but this expansion has taken place without food safety challenges being fully addressed. This project combines microbiological surveys of milk and dairy products, probabilistic modelling of the likely impact of control strategies and strong stakeholder engagement including participatory model building to explore the broad implications of milk hygiene policies and identify gender based constraints.