Lalitha Ramanathapuram, PhD, MPH is Program Manager-Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and Stand Up 2 Cancer Lung Cancer Dream Team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her background spans cancer immunology research, public health and project/grants management. Prior to joining MSK she worked at New York University as Program Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Complex Malaria in India, one of ten International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research in malaria- endemic settings funded by the NIH. She played an active role in establishing the study’s three field sites in India and conducting the epidemiology study at these sites to estimate the true burden of malaria in India. She has also been involved with community-based research projects in non-communicable diseases among immigrant communities of NYC. Lalitha has a PhD in Cancer Immunology from the University of Arizona and an MPH in Global Health Policy and Management from New York University. Her interests are in chronic and neglected tropical diseases and bridging the gap between the ‘bench, bedside and community’ for effective management and treatment of these diseases. Lalitha is a HEI member volunteer and has served on the organizing committee for HEI 2016 Summit.