Pragya is originally from Long Island, and she’s always been passionate about learning. She graduated as co-valedictorian of her high school and won multiple awards, including a 2nd place finish at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. She attended Harvard College for her undergraduate work in Neurobiology and Health Policy, where she graduated with Highest Honors in 2014. At Harvard, she also received the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Work and the Dowling Award for the Top Undergraduate Thesis in Neurobiology. After graduation, she worked in healthcare management consulting at L.E.K. Consulting before returning to Harvard for her PhD in Health Policy with a concentration in Economics. Her research focuses on physician payment, quality, and the adoption of new medical technologies. Her research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals (Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, etc) and has been featured on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg.
As an undergraduate, Pragya served as a writing tutor at the Harvard Writing Center, helping students improve expository essays and undergraduate theses. During her PhD program, Pragya has served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard for Economics and Health Policy courses. She has also tutored masters-level students in economics and statistics, and loves helping students succeed.
In her spare time, Pragya loves to dance, especially to Bollywood tunes, and is an avid swimmer. After spending a year in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s adopted the Eagles as her football team because she loves rooting for the underdog (go Birds!)