Gagandeep Kang, MD, PhD, FRCPath, FAAM, FASc, FNASc

Professor of Microbiology

Gagandeep Kang is Professor and Head of the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory (WTRL) and Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. Her research focuses on enteric infectious diseases and the consequences of intestinal infection on immune response, gut function and nutrition in children. Over the past 20 years she has built a strong inter-disciplinary research and training program, where young faculty and graduate students are mentored before embarking on independent research careers. She leads a multi-disciplinary research team that conducts comprehensive and complementary studies in the description, prevention and control of diarrheal disease using state-of-the-art tools in the laboratory, hospital and the field. The laboratory has studied human and bovine-human reassortant rotaviruses in children with gastroenteritis in hospitals, the neonatal nursery and the community. The potential for transmission of animal enteric viruses and parasites to humans has been shown and has relevance for both public health and pathogen evolution. Complementary studies on water safety, vaccines and treatment trials have evaluated interventions to effectively prevent or reduce diarrheal disease. Her work has led to practical interventions to prevent diarrhea, and continues to lay the groundwork for further interventions in the form of treatment techniques and vaccines, while seeking to understand why interventions work or do not work!

Professor Kang has published numerous papers in national and international journals. She is an Associate Editor for PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases and Tropical Medicine and International Health, on the editorial board of Nature Scientific Reports. She is the first woman and the first Indian to edit Manson’s Tropical Diseases (23rd edition). She serves on several review committees and scientific advisory groups for national and international research funding agencies and institutions. She is a Council Member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases and an Independent Director of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council. Her expertise in vaccines is underlined by her membership of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, the WHO's Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety and the WHO’s Immunization and Vaccine Implementation Research Advisory Committee, as well as chairing the WHO SEAR’s Immunization Technical Advisory Group.