Dr. Anura V Kurpad

  • Professor & Former Head
  • Founding Dean, St. John's Research Institute

  • Professor Kurpad is the Former Head of the Department of Physiology at St John’s Medical College and Division of Nutrition at St. John's Research Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) and of the International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS). He has been awarded the prestigious Wellcome Trust - India Alliance Margdarshi Fellowship in 2015. He completed his MBBS, MD and DNB in 1988 from St. John’s Medical College and his PhD from Bangalore University in 1992. After stints as a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rowett Research Institute, UK, and at the Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre in Cambridge, UK, he returned to St. John’s at the Department of Physiology and set up a stable isotope and physiology unit to work on protein and amino acid requirements. During this period, he primarily worked on accurately measuring human amino acid requirements. In these studies, he set up a definitive, accurate stable isotope balance method to measure amino acid homeostasis in humans. That provided the basis for the 2007 WHO/FAO/UNU Expert Committee (he was the rapporteur of that committee) revision of the protein and amino acid requirements. He is the Chairman of the ICMR Expert Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Indians; Nutrition and Fortification Scientific Panel of the FSSAI, and a member of the Technical Board of Nutrition at NITI Aayog.  

    In 2002, he was appointed the Founding Dean of the St. John’s Research Institute, a position he stepped down from in 2011. He has written 400 papers and is the Co-Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nutrition.  He has edited the Asian Edition of Guyton’s Textbook of Physiology and written several chapters and books in nutrition.


  • 1988 - 1992, PhD - Nutrition
    Bangalore University, India
  • 1985 - 1988, DNB - Physiology
    National Medical Boards, New Delhi, India
  • 1985 - 1988, MD - Physiology
    Bangalore University, India
  • 1977 - 1983, Medicine
    Bangalore University, India

  • Professor, Dept. of Physiology
    St. John’s Medical College
    1998 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Head, IAEA Collaborating Centre
    St. John’s Medical College
    2010 - till date
    Karnataka, India
  • Head, Dept. of Physiology
    St. John’s Medical College
    2015 - 2019
    Bangalore, India
  • Head, Division of Nutrition
    St. John’s Research Institute
    2002 - 2019
    Bangalore, India
  • Dean
    St. John's Research Institute
    2002 - 2011
    Bangalore, India
  • President
    Nutrition Society of India
    2012 - 2016
    New Delhi, India
  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine
    University of Minnesota School of Medicine
    2005 - till date
    Minnesota, USA
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Physiology
    St. John’s Medical College
    1994 -1998
    Bangalore, India
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physiology
    St. John’s Medical College
    1991 -1994
    Bangalore, India

Dumuid D, Olds T, Lewis LK, Martin-Fernández JA, Barreira T, Broyles S, Chaput JP, Fogelholm M, Hu G, Kuriyan R, Kurpad A, Lambert EV, Maia J, Matsudo V, Onywera VO, Sarmiento OL, Standage M, Tremblay MS, Tudor-Locke C, Zhao P, Katzmarzyk P, Gillison F, Maher C; ISCOLE research group. The adiposity of children is associated with their lifestyle behaviours: a cluster analysis of school-aged children from 12 nations. Pediatr Obes. 2016 Dec 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Selvam S, Thomas T, Shetty P, Thennarasu K, Raman V, Khanna D, Mehra R, Kurpad AV, Srinivasan K. Development of norms for executive functions in typically-developing Indian urban preschool children and its association with nutritional status. Child Neuropsychol. 2016 Dec 1:1-21. [Epub ahead of print].

Mukhopadhyay A, Ravikumar G, Meraaj H, Dwarkanath P, Thomas A, Crasta J, Thomas T, Kurpad AV, Sridhar TS. Placental expression of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1): Gender-specific relation with human placental growth. Placenta. 2016 Dec;48:119-125.

Shastri L, Pammal RS, Mani I, Thomas T, Kurpad AV. Oxidative stress during early pregnancy and birth outcomes. Public Health Nutr. 2016 Dec;19(17):3210-3215.

Selvam S, Thomas T, Shetty P, Zhu J, Raman V, Khanna D, Mehra R, Kurpad AV, Srinivasan K. Norms for Developmental Milestones Using VABS-II and Association With Anthropometric Measures Among Apparently Healthy Urban Indian Preschool Children. Psychol Assess. 2016 Dec;28(12):1634-1645.

Herter-Aeberli I, Thankachan P, Bose B, Kurpad AV. Increased risk of iron deficiency and reduced iron absorption but no difference in zinc, vitamin A or B-vitamin status in obese women in India. Eur J Nutr. 2016 Dec;55(8):2411-2421.

Katzmarzyk PT, Broyles ST, Champagne CM, Chaput JP, Fogelholm M, Hu G, Kuriyan R, Kurpad A, Lambert EV, Maia J, Matsudo V, Olds T, Onywera V, Sarmiento OL, Standage M, Tremblay MS, Tudor-Locke C, Zhao P. Relationship between Soft Drink Consumption and Obesity in 9-11 Years Old Children in a Multi-National Study. Nutrients. Nutrients. 2016 Nov 30;8(12).

Zhao P, Liu E, Qiao Y, Katzmarzyk PT, Chaput JP, Fogelholm M, Johnson WD, Kuriyan R, Kurpad A, Lambert EV, Maher C, Maia JA, Matsudo V, Olds T, Onywera V, Sarmiento OL, Standage M, Tremblay MS, Tudor-Locke C, Hu G; ISCOLE Research Group. Maternal gestational diabetes and childhood obesity at age 9-11: results of a multinational study. Diabetologia. 2016 Nov;59(11):2339-48.

Sharma S, Kurpad AV, Puri S. Potential of probiotics in hypercholesterolemia: A meta-analysis.Indian J Public Health. 2016 Oct-Dec;60(4):280-286.

Babu GR, Murthy G, Deepa R, Yamuna, Prafulla, Kumar HK, Karthik M, Deshpande K, Benjamin Neelon SE, Prabhakaran D, Kurpad A, Kinra S. Maternal antecedents of adiposity and studying the transgenerational role of hyperglycemia and insulin (MAASTHI): a prospective cohort study : Protocol of birth cohort at Bangalore, India. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 Oct 14;16(1):311.

Raman S, Srinivasan K, Kurpad A, Ritchie J, Razee H. "We have to ask and only then do": Unpacking agency and autonomy in women's reproductive health in urban India. Health Care Women Int. 2016 Oct;37(10):1119-37.

Kuriyan R, Lokesh DP, Selvam S, Jayakumar J, Philip MG, Shreeram S , Kurpad AV. The Relationship of endogenous plasma concentrations of beta Hydroxy beta Methyl Butyrate (HMB) to age and total appendicular lean mass in humans. Exp Gerontol. 2016 Aug;81:13-8.

Uppada DR, Selvam S, Jesuraj N, Lau EL, Doherty TM, Grewal HM, Vaz M, Lindtjørn B; TB Trials Study Group. Incidence of tuberculosis among school-going adolescents in South India. BMC Public Health. 2016 Jul 26;16:641.

Srinivasan K, Thomas T, Kapanee AR, Ramthal A, Bellinger DC, Bosch RJ, Kurpad AV, Duggan C. Effects of maternal vitamin B12 supplementation on early infant neurocognitive outcomes: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 Jun 29. [Epub ahead of print].

Uauy R, Suri DJ, Ghosh S, Kurpad A, Rosenberg IH. Low Circulating Amino Acids and Protein Quality: An Interesting Piece in the Puzzle of Early Childhood Stunting. EBioMedicine. 2016 Jun;8:28-9.

Chaput JP, Katzmarzyk PT, Barnes JD, Fogelholm M, Hu G, Kuriyan R, Kurpad A, Lambert EV, Maher C, Maia J, Matsudo V, Olds T, Onywera V, Sarmiento OL, Standage M, Tudor-Locke C, Zhao P, Tremblay MS; ISCOLE Research Group. Mid-upper arm circumference as a screening tool for identifying children with obesity: a 12-country study. Pediatr Obes. 2016 May 30. [Epub ahead of print].

Lee WT, Weisell R, Albert J, Tomé D, Kurpad AV, Uauy R. Research Approaches and Methods for Evaluating the Protein Quality of Human Foods Proposed by an FAO Expert Working Group in 2014. J Nutr. 2016 May;146(5):929-32.

Mani I, Dwarkanath P, Thomas T, Thomas A, Kurpad AV. Maternal fat and fatty acid intake and birth outcomes in a South Indian population. Int J Epidemiol. 2016 Apr;45(2):523-31.

Jain V, Kurpad AV, Kumar B, Devi S, Sreenivas V, Paul VK. Body composition of term healthy Indian newborns. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2016 Apr;70(4):488-93.

Kao CC, Cope JL, Hsu JW, Dwarkanath P, Karnes JM, Luna RA, Hollister EB, Thame MM, Kurpad AV, Jahoor F. The Microbiome, Intestinal Function, and Arginine Metabolism of Healthy Indian Women Are Different from Those of American and Jamaican Women. J Nutr. 2016 Mar 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Chaput JP, Weippert M, LeBlanc AG, Hjorth MF, Michaelsen KF, Katzmarzyk PT, Tremblay MS, Barreira TV, Broyles ST, Fogelholm M, Hu G, Kuriyan R, Kurpad A, Lambert EV, Maher C, Maia J, Matsudo V, Olds T, Onywera V, Sarmiento OL, Standage M, Tudor-Locke C, Zhao P, Sjödin AM. Are Children Like Werewolves? Full Moon and Its Association with Sleep and Activity Behaviors in an International Sample of Children. Front Pediatr. 2016 Mar 24;4:24.

Dwarkanath P, Hsu JW, Tang GJ, Anand P, Thomas T, Thomas A, Sheela CN, Kurpad AV, Jahoor F. Energy and Protein Supplementation Does Not Affect Protein and Amino Acid Kinetics or Pregnancy Outcomes in Underweight Indian Women. J Nutr. 2016 Feb;146(2):218-26.

Swaminathan S, Mani I, Thomas T, Kurpad A. Recommended Dietary Allowances-Facts and Uncertainties. Proc Indian Natn Sci Acad 2016;82:1555-1563.

Sucharita S, Thomas T, Sowmya S, Krishnamachari S, Kurpad AV, Vaz M. Subclinical vitamin B12 deficiency and heart rate variability across life cycle. Curr Aging Sci. 2016;9(3):217-23.

Razak F, Corsi DJ, Slutsky AS, Kurpad A, Berkman L, Laupacis A, Subramanian SV. Prevalence of Body Mass Index Lower Than 16 Among Women in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. JAMA. 2015 Nov 24;314(20):2164-71.

Mukhopadhyay A, Ravikumar G, Dwarkanath P, Meraaj H, Thomas A, Crasta J, Thomas T, Kurpad AV, Sridhar TS. Placental expression of the insulin receptor binding protein GRB10: Relation to human fetoplacental growth and fetal gender. Placenta. Placenta. 2015 Nov;36(11):1225-30.

Mishra PE, Shastri L, Thomas T, Duggan C, Bosch R, McDonald CM, Kurpad AV, Kuriyan R. Waist-to-Height Ratio as an Indicator of High Blood Pressure in Urban Indian School Children. Indian Pediatr. 2015 Sep 8;52(9):773-8.

Swaminathan S, Raj R, Thomas T, Kurpad AV. RDA for Indians – what more do we need, and do these fit requirements? Bull Nutr Found India, 2015; 36:1-8.

Ghosh S, Kurpad A, Tano-Debrah K, Otoo GE, Aaron GA, Toride Y, Uauy R. Role of Protein and Amino Acids in Infant and Young Child Nutrition: Considerations for the Development and Delivery of High Quality Complementary Food Supplements. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2015;61 Suppl:S195-6.

Uauy R, Kurpad A, Tano-Debrah K, Otoo GE, Aaron GA, Toride Y, Ghosh S. Role of Protein and Amino Acids in Infant and Young Child Nutrition: Protein and Amino Acid Needs and Relationship with Child Growth. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2015;61 Suppl:S192-4.

Unni US, Raj T, Sambashivaiah S, Kuriyan R, Uthappa S, Vaz M, Regan MM, Kurpad AV. The effect of a controlled 8-week metabolic ward based lysine supplementation on muscle function, insulin sensitivity and leucine kinetics in young men. Clin Nutr. 2012 Dec;31(6):903-10.

Samuel TM, Thomas T, Bhat S, Kurpad AV. Are infants born in baby-friendly hospitals being exclusively breastfed until 6 months of age? Eur J Clin Nutr. 2012 Apr;66(4):459-65.

Thankachan P, Kalasuramath S, Hill AL, Thomas T, Bhat K, Kurpad AV. A mathematical model for the hemoglobin response to iron intake, based on iron absorption measurements from habitually consumed Indian meals. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2012 Apr;66(4):481-7.

Kuriyan R, Thomas T, Sumithra S, Lokesh DP, Sheth NR, Joy R, Bhat S, Kurpad AV. Potential Factors Related to Waist Circumference in Urban South Indian Children. Indian Pediatr. 2012 Feb;49(2):124-8.

Kurpad AV, Thomas T. Methods to assess amino acid requirements in humans. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2011 Sep;14(5):434-9.

Muniyappa R, Irving BA, Unni US, Briggs WM, Nair KS, Quon MJ, Kurpad AV. Limited predictive ability of surrogate indices of insulin sensitivity/resistance in Asian-Indian men. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Dec;299(6):E1106-12.

Thankachan P, Muthayya S, Sierksma A, Eilander A, Thomas T, Duchateau GS, Frenken LG, Kurpad AV. Helicobacter pylori infection does not influence the efficacy of iron and vitamin B(12) fortification in marginally nourished Indian children. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2010 Oct;64(10):1101-7.

Kurpad AV, Dwarkanath P, Thomas T, Mhaskar A, Thomas A, Mhaskar R, Jahoor F. Comparison of leucine and dispensable amino acid kinetics between Indian women with low or normal body mass indexes during pregnancy. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Aug;92(2):320-9.

Unni US, Ramakrishnan G, Raj T, Kishore RP, Thomas T, Vaz M, Kurpad AV. Muscle mass and functional correlates of insulin sensitivity in lean young Indian men. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009 Oct;63(10):1206-12.

Kurpad AV, Kao C, Dwarkanath P, Muthayya S, Mhaskar A, Thomas A, Vaz M, Jahoor F. In vivo arginine production and nitric oxide synthesis in pregnant Indian women with normal and low body mass indices. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009 Oct;63(10):1206-12.

Kurpad AV, Regan MM, Raj TD, Rao VN, Gnanou J, Young VR. The daily phenylalanine requirement of healthy adult Indian subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jun;83(6):1331-6.


Measuring the digestibility of snacks prepared from extruded and chickpea and yellow pea.

Enhancing Productivity and Cognitive Ability of 10 Million Low Income People in Rural/Agricultural Uttar Pradesh in India via Scale up of Double Fortified Salt.

The effect of a balanced energy protein milk supplement on arginine and methionine kinetics and birth weight outcomes in low BMI pregnant women.

The effect of iron supplementation during pregnancy on oxidative stress and birth outcomes and lipid and lipoprotein function.

Impact of Solar Lighting on health, livelihood and in-door environment: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial.

Effect of iron and zinc bio-fortified Pearl Millet (ICTP8203-Fe) consumption on growth, immune competence and cognitive function in children aged 12-18 months in India.

Measurement of the absorption of vitamin B12, and the estimation of functional deficit in vitamin B12 deficiency, by stable isotope labelled methods.

Iron bioavailability from germinated ragi in non-pregnant, non-lactating Indian women.

Measuring Vitamin A stores after green leafy vegetables intake in adults.

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