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Amita Bansal, PhD

Creating Healthy Future

My research explores mechanisms that underlie increased risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. I specifically focus on how early life gene-environment interactions increase the risk of developing diseases later in life. By uncovering novel mechanisms of acquired diseases, my studies will lead to discovery of innovative targeted therapies to prevent and treat chronic diseases. This will also allow us to redefine our public health approach to prevent and reduce the chronic disease burden by intervening timely as I believe “it is easier to build stronger children than to repair broken adults”. I use advanced techniques and technologies to explore and investigate the scientific hypotheses my research leads to. My research is generously supported by external funding.

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Research story

Dr Amita Bansal is an academic scientist/lecturer/passionate science advocate. Dr Bansal graduated with a BSc (first class honours) in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland (2009). Following which she completed her PhD training in Biomedicine from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2014), and Postdoctoral fellowship in transgenerational inheritance and islet biology from the University of Pennsylvania, USA (2019). She is actively involved in peer review roles for journals such as Diabetologia, Endocrinology and Scientific Reports, and is appointed as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Guest Editor of Frontiers in Endocrinology and Frontiers Genetics, Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and Frontiers in Reproductive Health. She is the Chair of the ECR committee in the Council of the International Society of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), and Publication Core Committee Member of the International Endocrine Society. She has won multiple national and international awards. She enjoy delving into new fields of research and following the results of her experiments into the uncharted scientific territory. Learn more about her work by checking out her current projects and past publications.

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