Senthil Ananthan serves as a Research Analyst for Healthy Eating Research and is based at the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University. In this role, Senthil manages the commissioned research portfolio, assists with review processes for HER’s funding opportunities, and coordinates the HER working groups. Prior to coming to Duke, Senthil worked as a Health Equity Fellow for the Food Security Program at Mecklenburg County Public Health. In this role, he contributed to policy, system, and environmental change strategies to improve healthy food access and address COVID-19 and chronic disease health disparities. Senthil has interned for the Food Assistance team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where he monitored legislative developments related to nutrition assistance programs and assisted with the creation of research projects. He has also served as a Food Assistance Eligibility Worker responsible for interviewing clients and processing expedited SNAP benefit applications. Senthil holds a Master of Public Health in Health Care Organization and Policy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Auburn University.