Dr. Rohit Chitale joined DARPA as a program manager in 2019. He is an infectious disease epidemiologist with more than 20 years of experience helping national and international organizations establish and lead programs related to infectious disease prevention and eradication, with specific expertise in the design and implementation of disease surveillance systems and the development of new disease control tools.
Before coming to DARPA, Dr. Chitale co-established the Global Disease Detection Operations Center at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first event-based all-hazards surveillance unit at the CDC. He also served as the CDC Country Director in the Republic of South Sudan. In a prior role at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), he established and led the Division of Integrated Biosurveillance within the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center to address capability gaps in DoD biosurveillance and global health security operations. In that role, he led efforts to integrate syndromic, case-based, and event-based disease surveillance systems across civilian, military, and veteran populations to decrease the time to disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment. While at DoD, he helped write the Global Health Security Agenda legislation. Previously, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Chitale co-created The MENTOR Initiative — a public-private partnership designed to test and evaluate (pre-clinical, Phase I, II, and III trials) new vector-borne disease control technologies.
Dr. Chitale has consulted with organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, the World Health Organization (WHO), Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and Thomson Reuters, Inc. He has provided technical expertise to governments in Africa and Asia, and worked with multiple governmental and non-governmental organizations and private sector firms. He is a member of the WHO Virtual Advisory Group on Mass Gatherings, and also serves on the Sterilization Working Group for the Mars Lander Sample Return (Planetary Protection) program for NASA.
Dr. Chitale earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Maryland, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate degree in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is an alumnus of the Harvard University National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.
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