Gulrez is a researcher passionate about health, the environment and development. He along with other partners helped develop India’s first heat preparedness plan in Ahmedabad, India. He currently works as an Assistant Policy Researcher at the non-profit RAND Corporation, where his work focuses on increasing temperatures. Previously he was an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Public Health, part of the Public Health Foundation of India, where he worked on issues of environmental health, climate change, and infectious diseases, focusing on surveillance and early-warning systems. He has a PhD in Public Policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Santa Monica; MBBS and MD in Community Medicine from J N Medical College, Aligarh; and an MPH degree from the Universities of Sheffield, Copenhagen and EHESP Rennes. He interned at the World Health Organization, Geneva.