Sanjay Basu is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT before completing a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford and receiving his MD and Ph.D. in  epidemiology at Yale. His research interests focus on global development and human health, and include the use of econometrics and simulation models to study how socioeconomic changes and social policy interventions affect primary disease risk among low-income populations. Basu's current work includes studies on the health effects of economic shocks, global changes in chronic disease risk and approaches to studying public health interventions using systems science methods. He is active in working with climate change scientists to synthesize mathematical models of climate change with models of food production, distribution and consumption to understand policies that may reduce both carbon emission and chronic disease risk, such as through reduction in palm oil production and consumption