About Fellow

Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi

Public Health Foundation of India, India (2009-2013)
Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi (2013-Present)

Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi

My journey in science was started as a student in Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, where study of anthropology had facilitated the learning of multiple dimensions of human biology and behavior. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject and the exposure of conducting fieldwork in caste and tribal populations had made me realized the importance of contextual understanding of human bio-cultural variations. I pursued the doctoral work in genetic epidemiology of type 2 diabetes, under the supervision of Prof. M. P. Sachdeva, in collaboration with AIIMS, New Delhi. This was the beginning of learning epidemiological principle's and their applications on conducting a genetic study in an endogamous population.

After submitting the Ph.D. thesis in 2009, I joined South Asia Network for Chronic Disease (SANCD), a Centre of Excellence under Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi. The post-doctoral phase in PHFI, under Prof. Shah Ebrahim, had accelerated my career in genetic epidemiology and public health through large scale projects in genetics of cardiometabolic traits, using available resource of “Indian Migration Study”. Moreover, I gained experience in developing an affordable and large bio-bank based on dry blood spots, collected during 2009-11 survey, conducted by National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. For the effective implementation of above resources, I was given another opportunity to establish PHFI’s  “Genetics and Biochemistry Laboratory” which is now extensively being used for research in public health.

I have also got training in genetic and epigenetic epidemiology through Wellcome Trust's advance courses attended in 2008 and 2011, followed by European Union funded visits to University of Bristol, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.  The experience and training received during 2009-11, has lead to the series of research initiatives like COPD genetics consortium, Wellcome Trust enhancement grant in cardio-metabolic traits, and few small research projects that gave shape to my career as an independent researcher in genetic epidemiology.

The role assigned for the development and management of an intensively phenotyped intergenerational cohort i.e. “Andhra Pradesh Children and Parent Study” (APCAPS), was instrumental in generating the research interest in early life origins of chronic diseases. In 2013, I joined as an Assistant Professor in Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, where learning and sharing based research environment crystallized the planning of long term research activity on early life risk factors of NCDs.

The WT/DBT India Alliance intermediate fellowship is an opportunity to establish a longitudinal epidemiological study for understanding the early life exposure of changes in maternal metabolomic profile on birth outcomes. This fellowship will support in building a useful epidemiological cohort and gradually transforming it into a resource for genomic and epigenomic studies.