Punjabi University, Patiala
Public Health Foundation of India
I am trained in human biology (biological anthropology) which helps me understand the dynamic interactions between human biological traits and social behavior. The multidisciplinary nature of the anthropology has always helped me to appreciate the aspects of human physical and social experiences that may influence human health. I began to enhance my skills in epidemiological principles and methods during my doctoral work. I did my doctoral work in the genetic epidemiology of recurrent pregnancy loss in collaboration with Department of Anthropology, Delhi University and Lady Harding Medical College (LHMC), New Delhi.
I joined Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in early 2010, just prior to completing my PhD work, and since then working in the area of genetic and epigenetic epidemiology of chronic conditions. I have been involved in large scale studies focused on genetics and epigenetics of cardiometabolic traits and respiratory disorders at PHFI. I had an opportunity of visiting Institute of Human Genetics, Newcastle University and MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, University of Bristol for training in genetic and epigenetic epidemiology methods and laboratory techniques facilitated by European Union’s GEoCoDE exchange program. I also played a key role in managing a large rural inter-generational cohort in South India focused on cardiometabolic health. I also manage the Genetics Laboratory and the biorepository at PHFI which caters to the large scale studies involving biological samples. My significant training in conducting large fieldworks for data collection and laboratory bench work for data generation have helped in managing in large multicentric epidemiological studies. Recently, I have also been involved in the Centre for Environmental Health at PHFI and in NIH funded GeoHealth Hub on air pollution and cardiovascular health.
WT/DBT India Alliance early career fellowship has provided me an excellent opportunity to further enhance my career in the area of genetic epidemiology of cardiometabolic traits. The genome-wide resource that would be generated through this fellowship will address multiple research questions and will ensure long term research activities in genetic epidemiology in India.