Lecture video of Dr. Gagandeep Kang
A Wormy World
Gagandeep Kang, MD, PhD, FRCPath, FAAM, FASc,
FNASc, FNA, FFPH, FRS is Professor and Laboratory, is Director,
The Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Division of Gastrointestinal
Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore TN 632004 India.
is a physician scientist working on vaccines and public health, particularly
focused on children and enteric infectious disease in India.
Her inter-disciplinary research on the transmission,
development and prevention of enteric infections and their sequelae in
children in India has led to new insights and practical approaches to prevention.
She has worked with colleagues at the Christian Medical College (CMC) and others
institutions in India to build national rotavirus and typhoid surveillance networks
to estimate disease burden and inform policy.
She established laboratories to support vaccine trials
and conducted phase 1-3 clinical trials of vaccines, a comprehensive approach
that has supported two Indian WHO pre-qualified vaccines.
She is investigating the complex relationships between infection,
gut function and physical and cognitive development, and seeking to build a stronger
human immunology research in India.
Based at CMC for most of her career, she has established strong
training programmes for students and young faculty in clinical translational medicine
aiming to build a cadre of clinical researchers studying relevant problems in India.
From 2016 to 2020, she was the executive director of the Translational
Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad, an autonomous institute of the Department
of Biotechnology, Government of India, where she developed vaccine science and clinical research
as key focus areas.
She is an elected Fellow of all the Indian science academies,
is the first Indian woman to be elected to Fellowship of the American Academy of
Microbiology and to the Royal Society and the only physician-scientist to receive
the Infosys Award in Life Sciences.
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