Dr Sadhana is an environmental health analyst and have worked on varied thematic domains related to water and health. She has over a decade of research experiences in water quality, water microbiology, health risk assessment, determinants of diarrheal diseases, water security, and quality of life. She had coordinated and worked with multidisciplinary researched team focused on improving water security in urban areas under the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development project in Nepal. Her research project in peri-urban schools of LIC uncovered WASH related ‘menstrual hygiene management facilities’ associated with absenteeism. She is co-principal investigator of a project funded by IAEA under the framework of Coordinated Research Project F33024. At present, she is analyzing ‘challenges and feasibilities of applying wastewater-based epidemiology for COVI-19 control in LMICs’. Other collaborative COVID-19 related research works are ‘Application of a transition model to understand COVID-19 dynamics in Tokyo’ and ‘Knowledge, attitude, practice (KAP) and preparedness study on COVID-I9 among general population in Nepal’. At UNU-IAS, Dr Sadhana’s work concentrates on the impact of water scarcity on agricultural livelihood in periurban areas of a growing tourist city in Nepal.
Prior to joining the UNU-IAS, Dr Sadhana had worked as a research officer in water related projects in NGOs of Nepal; a postdoctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Center for River Basin Environment (ICRE), University of Yamanashi, Japan; a Project Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Yamanashi.