Dr. Murhekar obtained his MBBS and MD in community medicine from Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. He is currently the director of the National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE), Chennai, a permanent institute of the Indian Council of Medical Research. His research interests include Infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine preventable diseases, and disease surveillance and outbreak investigations. He is also the course director for the field epidemiology training program (FETP) that the institute has conducted since 2001.
Prior to joining NIE, Dr. Murhekar worked at the Regional Medical Research Centre in Port Blair on the Andaman and Nicobar islands. He was awarded the Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award of the Indian Council of Medical Research for his contribution to the field of viral hepatitis among the tribal population of Andaman and Nicobar. Dr. Murhekar also worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office as a consultant and professional staff member in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. He has 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals to his credit. He is the associate editor of the journal BMC Infectious Diseases.