Glenn Christo Kharkongor  is the founder and present Chancellor of MLCU. He is a graduate of Christian Medical College, Vellore. After completing his residency in paediatrics at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, USA, he joined Kasturba Medical College as a lecturer in 1986. He worked in various academic and administrative roles in the Manipal group for eighteen years.


Glenn Christo Kharkongor


Nadeen Pakyntein studied caregivers of elderly with dementia in Meghalaya, their challenges and coping strategies. She worked with SOS Children’s Village as an Educational Co-worker. For the past seven years she worked as an Assistant Professor and currently holds the position of Associate Dean of Students, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong.

Nadeen Pakyntein

( MSW, NET, PhD in Social Work)


Melodynia Marpna  is a Nutritionist by profession. Her doctoral research focused on malnutrition and the social factors affecting tribal children in Meghalaya. For 11 years, she taught at Martin Luther Christian University in Shillong, India. Her area of expertise is nutrition and the traditional food systems of tribal communities.

Melodynia Marpna

(MSc, PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics)

Melissa D. Kyndiah  studied depression among tribal youth in her doctoral research, which led to a development of a local glossary on depression. She has been involved in various projects and is currently an investigator for two projects; anxiety and religious coping among youths in India with the Miami University, USA and stigma and discrimination among the PLHIVs and KPs in Meghalaya.

Melissa D. Kyndiah

(MSc, MPhil, PhD in Psychology and Wellbeing)


Nandaris Marwein is an expert in the field of Social Work and Community Health.  As a tribal and a researcher, she is concerned about the health of people in Meghalaya, and hence, she engaged in various programs, projects, research relating to health as well as designing curriculum on Tribal Health.

Nandaris Marwein

(MSW, MPH-CH, PhD in Social Work)

Jemimah Marak (serves as the Director of Social Outreach at the Martin Luther Christian University. She belongs to the Garo tribe of Meghalaya. Prior to joining MLCU, she worked as Head of Programmes for Anant Foundation for Innovation and Social Inclusion that focused on rural livelihoods development.

Jemimah Marak

BEd, MSc in Counselling Psychology)


Badalamshisha Dkhar  currently works as a Project Officer in the Department of Doctoral Studies and Research. Her doctoral research focuses on the study of traditional medicine and traditional healers of the Khasi and Jaintia tribes. She has been extensively associated with traditional healers of Meghalaya under various projects implemented by Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU), Shillong.

Badalamshisha Dkhar 

(MSW, PhD in Social Work)

Larilin Kharpuri is working in the capacity of Dean, Research and is also a faculty member of the Department of the Environment and Traditional Ecosystems, at MLCU. She was involved in a UNDP-funded project on the stewardship roles in natural resource management and climate change by the community.

Larilin Kharpuri

(MSc, PhD in Environment and Traditional Ecosystems)


Careen Joplin Langstieh is a visual artist and head of the Community Centre for Art, Craft, and Culture at MLCU. She has dedicated nearly two decades to capturing the essence of Khasi women through her art. Langstieh’s storytelling extends to children’s books, reflecting her multifaceted creativity and commitment to her community.

Careen Joplin Langstieh

Sandra Albert (MBBS, MD, MDB, DrPH) Sandra Albert is the Director of the Indian Institute of Public Health in Shillong (IIPHS), in Northeast India. She is a dermatologist with an MD in Skin & Sexually Transmitted Infections from the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. From clinical medicine she broadened her field of interest to public health and received a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK. Subsequently she became the founding director of the IIPHS.

Sandra Albert


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