Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Dr. Nadira Sultana Kakoly

Full Time Faculty
Assistant Professor 

Ph.D., Monash University, Australia
MPH,  Independent University Bangladesh, Bangladesh
MBBS  Bangladesh Medical College, Dhaka Bangladesh 

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 

Curriculum Vitae


Nadira Sultana Kakoly is a physician by training and obtained her PhD in epidemiology from Monash University, Australia. She worked in the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) from 2008 to 2012 and participated in a number of research grants as Investigator and Co-PI. She also has experience of working in eminent academic and research organizations such as James P Grant School of Public Health, Dhaka, Monash University, Australia, Duke Kunshan University, China.

Currently she is Assistant Professor of Public Health in North South University. Dr. Kakoly has published several high-impact journals including Diabetes Care, Human Reproduction Update etc. as first author. Her expertise includes working with secondary registry/longitudinal databases, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, diabetes, meta-analysis, epidemiological studies, research methods, as well as longitudinal data analysis using advanced statistical methods. Her research interests include maternal, and child health, reproductive health and non-communicable diseases. In particular, her aim is to obtain a better understanding of NCDs and help develop NCD-based registries in Bangladesh.


1.Kakoly, N. S., A. Earnest, H. J. Teede, L. J. Moran and A. E. Joham (2019). "The Impact ofObesity on the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes Among Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome."Diabetes Care 42(4): 560.

2.Kakoly NS, Moran LJ, Teede HJ, Joham AE. Cardiometabolic risks in PCOS: a review of thecurrent state of knowledge. Expert review of endocrinology & metabolism. 2019;14(1):23-33.

3.Lim, S. S., et al. "Metabolic syndrome in polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review,meta‐analysis and meta‐regression." Obesity Reviews 20.2 (2019): 339-352.

4. Horng, L., Kakoly, N. S., Abedin, J., & Luby, S. P. (2019). Effect of household relocation on child vaccination and health service utilisation in Dhaka, Bangladesh: a cross-sectional community survey. BMJ open, 9(3), e026176.

5. Kakoly NS, Khomami MB, Joham AE, et al. Ethnicity, obesity and the prevalence of impaired glucose tolerance and type 2 diabetes in PCOS: a systematic review and meta-regression. Hum Reprod Update 2018.

6.Kakoly NS, Earnest A, Moran LJ, Teede HJ, Joham AE. Group-based developmental BMI trajectories, polycystic ovary syndrome, and gestational diabetes: a community-based longitudinal study. BMC medicine. 2017 Dec;15(1):195

7.Sultana, N. K., S. K. Saha, H. M. Al-Emran, J. K. Modak, M. A. Sharker, S. El-Arifeen,A.L. Cohen, A. H. Baqui and S. P. Luby (2013). "Impact of introduction of the Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine into childhood immunization on meningitis in Bangladeshi infants." J Pediatr 163 (1 Suppl): S73-78.

8.Hasan, S. M. K., A. Basher, A. A. Molla, N. K. Sultana, and M. A. Faiz. "The impact of snake bite on the household economy in Bangladesh." Tropical doctor 42, no. 1 (2012):41-43.

Conference presentation

1. 14th Annual Meeting of Androgen Excess in PCOS Society, Lorne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA November 10-12, 2016; NADIRA KAKOLY Monash Centre for Health Research Implementation, School of Public Health, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia; LONGITUDINAL BMI TRAJECTORIES AND GESTATIONAL DIABETES: RELATIONSHIPS IN WOMEN WITH AND WITHOUT POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME

2. Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting, Early Career Research Award Presentations; Nadira Sultana kakoly; Gestational Diabetes Mellitus among young adult women with PCOS: Association with BMI trajectories over 13 years

3. American Diabetes Association, Orlando, Florida, USA, 22 - 26 June 2018; Kakoly NS, Earnest A, Teede HJ, Moran LJ & Joham AE. The impact of obesity on the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus among women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

4. Nadira K. Sultana, Emily S. Gurley, Mizanur Rahman, P. K. Ram, Stephen P. Luby; The association of Soap in Household on Child Mortality from Respiratory Infections; The American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 60th Annual Meeting [Abstract], 2011,pp. 445. (Oral presentation)

5. Nadira K. Sultana, Jaynal Abedin, Stephen P. Luby; Association Of Urban Household Relocation on Childhood Immunization And Physician Visits In Dhaka, Bangladesh; The American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 59th Annual Meeting [Abstract #34]

6. Nadira K. Sultana, Sabina F. Rashid, Alayne M. Adams; Mobilizing demand for Primary health care among the urban poor in Bangladesh-A case study; The Health systems in Asia conference; 2nd Annual Meeting [Abstract]; 2013 (poster)

7. Nadira K. Sultana, Tessa Hillgrove, Sazzadul Alam, Alayne M. Adams, Sabina F. Rashid. The power quandary - the role of local elites and powerful others in community-based health development Health Systems in Asia 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, 2nd October 2014(Oral Presentation)

8. Nadira K. Sultana; Herfina Nababan; Alayne M. Adams; Sabina F. Rashid; The effect of social capital indicators on health seeking the behaviour-the role of gender, International Conference on Urban health 2015 (Poster).

  • Winner of 2016 Azziz Baumgartner Young Investigator Travel Award- Androgen Excess andPCOS Society (AE-PCOS) Annual Meeting, 2016.
  • Finalist Early Career Research Award - Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS)national conference, 2016.
  • 2014 Charles C.Shepard Award; Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, USA
    (This award was presented to the best manuscript, of which I am the first author, onoriginal research for scientific excellence demonstrated by the publication of: "Impact ofintroduction of the Haemophilus Influenzae type b conjugate vaccine in the childhoodimmunization on childhood meningitis in Bangladeshi infants" The Journal of Pediatrics,2013:163(1): S73-8 under the evaluation category.
  • Full International Post-graduate Research Scholarship to study for PhD by Australian Government   
  • PhD Epidemiology (Epidemiology, Diabetes, Women's Health) Monash University, Australia
  • MPH Masters of Public Health Independent University Bangladesh
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) Bangladesh Medical College, Bangladesh
  • Senior lecturer - James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University 
  • Research Fellow (equivalent to Assistant Professor) - Duke Kunshan Universty, China 
  • Australian Epidemiological Association
  • Australian Public Health Association
  • American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Bangladesh Medical Association
  • Rotary Club Dhaka

Her research interests include maternal, and child health, reproductive health and non-communicable diseases. In particular, her aim is to obtain a better understanding of NCDs and help develop NCD-based registries in Bangladesh.