Dr Nitya Kumar

Lecturer in Public Health Epidemiology, RCSI Bahrain
Office: +97316660138

Area of Expertise

Quantitative Research Methods, Epidemiology and Public Health Research. Current research interests include determinants of chronic breast cancer and other non-communicable diseases, health impact of indoor air pollution in low- and middle-income communities, determinants of severe outcomes in COVID-19 disease.


  • PhD Public Health Nutrition, University of Baroda, 2015
  • MS, Epidemiology, Harvard University, 2018
  • MFCSc, Public Health Nutrition, University of Baroda, 2008
  • BSc Nutrition, University of Baroda, 2006

Awards and Honors

  • 2008, Research Fellowship Award in Sciences for Meritorious Students, Government of India

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)

Current areas of activity

  • Lecturer, Public Health Epidemiology module for Junior Cycle 3
  • Supervisor and coordinator of data analysis for Student Selective Project module for Intermediate Cycle 3
  • Lecturer and module coordinator for Epidemiology & Biostatistics module for Nursing Year 2.
  • Conducting Quantitative Research teaching for the Family Practice Research Workshops under MOH family practice residency.
  • Project member in the Smokeless Village Project funded by the Irish Research Council.
  • Actively involved in multiple research project across campuses, as well as collaborating with Bahrain National COVID-19 Task Force on observational research.
  • Statistical Advisor and member of the RCSI Research and Ethics Committee

Previous Research

Current research

  • Association between glucose 6 phosphatase deficiency and severe outcomes in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Bahrain.
  • Statin use and breast cancer recurrence in United States.
  • Interventions to reduce exposure to indoor air pollution in resource-poor communities in Malawi.
  • Public health fall-out of COVID-19 misinformation in India.


  • • McCarthy, A., Kumar, N., He, W., Regan, S., Welch, M., Moy, B., Iafrate, A.J., Chan, A.T., Bardia, A. and Armstrong, K. (2020). Different associations of tumor PIK3CA mutations and clinical outcomes according to aspirin use among women with metastatic hormone receptor positive breast cancer. BMC Cancer, 20(1), 1-10.
  • Kumar, N., and Iyer, U. (2017). Impact of Wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum L.) Supplementation on Atherogenic Lipoproteins and Menopausal Symptoms in Hyperlipidemic South Asian Women–A Randomized Controlled Study. Journal of Dietary Supplements, 14(5), 503-513.
  • Osman, E., Alnaib, Z., and Kumar, N. (2017). Photodynamic diagnosis in upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma: a systematic review. Arab Journal of Urology, 15(2), 100-109.
  • Iyer, U., & Elayath, N. (2015). Health seeking practices of women: a key issue to be addressed for women empowerment and health care sustainability. Social Work Review, 107.
  • Iyer, U., Dhruv, S., Elayath, N., et al. (2011). Development, Acceptability, Physico-Chemical Properties and Tolerance Studies on an Antioxidant Rich Health Drink Enriched with Wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum Grass) and Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis). Inventi Impact: Nutraceuticals, 3, 120-123.
  • Iyer, U., Elayath, N., & Akolkar, A. (2011). Magnitude and determinants of overweight and obesity in 6–12 year old school children of Vadodara City. Current Pediatric Research, 15(2), 105-109.
  • Iyer, U., Elayath, N., & Desai, P. (2011). Comparative prevalence of non-communicable diseases in the adult population of Vadodara and Godhra in Gujarat and determinants of diabetes mellitus in the population. International J of Applied Biology and Pharmaceutical Technology (IJABPT), 2(1), 346-352.