Department of Public Health Sciences and the College
Kavi Bhalla’s research aims to develop transport systems that are safe, sustainable, and equitable, with a central focus on road safety in low- and middle-income countries.
Bhalla studied mechanical engineering as an undergraduate at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India. He obtained a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University. Following this, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia Automobile Safety Laboratory, where his work focused on understanding the injury tolerance of the human body in car-pedestrian crashes through cadaveric experiments and computational simulations. He then served as a Bell Fellow at Harvard University, during which time he educated himself in the principles of public health and began thinking about problems of road safety in a broader health and transport policy framework. He subsequently established and led a research program aimed at understanding the relative magnitude of the burden of various sources of injuries globally, with a particular focus on the most information-poor settings, such as sub-Saharan Africa. This program was funded by the World Bank and formed the basis of the injury estimates produced by the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010.
Most recently, Bhalla was a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.