Nandini Rakala

Dr. Nandini Rakala is a Data Scientist and Mathematician by background, currently working as a Visiting Associate within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. FDA. Dr. Rakala earned her Ph.D. in Operations Research in May 2020, from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Florida Tech, with her primary research work in Optimization and Machine Learning. She also holds a masters degree in Applied Mathematics and Computing from Manipal University, India; and a bachelors degree in Mathematics Honors from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, India. During her past 2.5 years with the FDA, Dr. Rakala has worked on multidisciplinary regulatory research projects, employing her expertise in operations research, machine learning, natural language processing, programming skills, and knowledge of efficient quality management practices regarding pharmaceutical manufacturing. She is currently leading and/or serving as a subject matter expert on critical OPQ pilot programs such as the Quality Management Maturity, Quality Metrics, predictive modeling of PQS-CAPA effectiveness, prioritization of Field Alert Reports, drug shortage analysis, Report on the State of Pharmaceutical Quality, quality signal detection and topic modeling of post-market surveillance data. Dr. Rakala has had an opportunity to present her research work on several occasions at various conference seminars, and she is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards. In her personal free time, Nandini enjoys volunteering in community service activities, serving as a judge, playing tennis, writing, reading articles, and biographies.

Validated Cloud logo