Dr. Tinku Thomas

  • Professor & Head, Dept. of Biostatistics, St. John's Medical College

  • 2005; PhD - Biostatistics
    National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru
  • 1997; MSc - Biostatistics
    Christian Medical College, Vellore, Madras University, Chennai
  • 1995; BSc - Statistics
    Bangalore University, Bengaluru

  • Professor, Dept. of Biostatistics
    St. John's Medical College
    2016 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Associate Professor
    St. John’s Research Institute
    2012 - 2016
    Karnataka, India
  • Assistant Professor
    St. John’s Research Institute
    2007 - 2012
    Karnataka, India
  • Lecturer
    St. John’s Research Institute
    2005 - 2007
    Karnataka, India
  • Senior Research Fellow
    NIMHANS (Deemed University)
    1999 - 2005
    Karnataka, India
  • Junior Research Fellow
    Christian Medical College
    1997 - 1999
    Tamil Nadu, India

Srinivasan K, Thomas T, Kapanee ARM, 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. Maternal Child Nutrition. 2017 Apr;13(2).

Gayatri R, Crasta J, Thomas T, Dwarkanath P, Thomas A, Sridhar TS, Kurpad, AV. Structural Analysis of the Umbilical Cord and Its Vessels in Intrauterine Growth Restriction and Pre-eclampsia. J. Fetal Med. 2017 Mar 8.

Rogne T, Tielemans MJ, Chong MF, Yajnik CS, Krishnaveni GV, Poston L, Jaddoe VW, Steegers EA, Joshi S, Chong YS, Godfrey KM, Yap F, Yahyaoui R, Thomas T, Hay G, Hogeveen M, Demir A, Saravanan P, Skovlund E, Martinussen MP, Jacobsen GW, Franco OH, Bracken MB, Risnes KR. Associations of Maternal Vitamin B12 Concentration in Pregnancy With the Risks of Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant Data. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print].

Selvam S, Thomas T, Shetty P, Zhu J, Raman V, Khanna D, Mehra R, Kurpad A, Srinivasan K. Norms for developmental milestones using VABS-II and association with anthropometric measures among apparently healthy urban Indian children. Psychological Assessment. 2016 Dec;28(12):1634-1645.

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.

Devi S, Thomas T, Dwarkanath P, Thomas A, Sheela CN, Mukhopadhyay A, Kurpad AV. Effect of Increased Dietary Protein on the Plasma Methyl-cycle Amino Acid Profile and Kinetics during Pregnancy. The Indian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2016 Oct-Dec; 53(4).

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.

Thamattoor U, Thomas T, Banandur P, Rajaram S, Duchesne T, Abdous B, Washington R, Ramesh B M, Moses S, Alary M. Multilevel Analysis of the Predictors of HIV Prevalence among Pregnant Women Enrolled in Annual HIV Sentinel Surveillance in Four States in Southern India. PLoS One. 2015 Jul 6;10(7):e0131629.

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.

Varghese M, Adhyapak SM, Thomas T, Sunder M, Varghese K. The association of severity of retinal vascular changes and cardiac remodelling in systemic hypertension. Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease. 2016 Feb;10(4):224-230.

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.

Swaminathan S, Thomas T, Kurpad AV. B-vitamin interventions for women and children in low-income populations. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2015 May;18(3):295-306.

Shastri L, Mishra PE, Dwarkanath P, Thomas T, Duggan C, Bosch R, McDonald CM, Thomas A, Kurpad AV. Association of oral iron supplementation with birth outcomes in non-anaemic South Indian pregnant women. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2015 May;69(5):609-13.

Desai IK, Kurpad AV, Chomitz VR, Thomas T. Aerobic fitness, micronutrient status, and academic achievement in Indian school-aged children. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 25;10(3):e0122487.

Mony PK, Varghese B, Thomas T. Estimation of perinatal mortality rate for institutional births in Rajasthan state, India, using capture-recapture technique. BMJ Open. 2015 Mar 17;5(3):e005966.

Srinivasu B, Mitra G, Muralidharan M, Srivastava D, Pinto J, Thankachan P, Suresh S, Shet A, Rao S, Ravikumar G, Thomas T, Kurpad A, Mandal AK. Beneficiary effect of nanosizing Ferric Pyrophosphate as food fortificant in Iron Deficiency Anemia: evaluation of bioavailability, toxicity and plasma biomarker. Royal Society of Chemistry Advances. 2015;5:61678-61687.

Walczyk T, Muthayya S, Wegmüller R, Thankachan P, Sierksma A, Frenken LGJ, Thomas T, Kurpad AV, Hurrell RF. Inhibition of iron absorption by calcium is modest in an iron-fortified, casein- and whey-based drink in Indian children and is easily compensated for by addition of ascorbic acid. J Nutr. 2014 Nov;144(11):1703-9.

Kamath DY, Xavier D, Gupta R, Devereaux PJ, Sigamani A, Hussain T, Umesh S, Xavier F, Girish P, George N, Thomas T, Chidambaram N, Joshi R, Pais P, Yusuf S. Rationale and design of a randomized controlled trial evaluating community health worker based interventions for the secondary prevention of acute coronary syndromes in India (SPREAD). Am Heart J. Nov 2014; 168 (5): 690-7.

Rajaram SP, Banandur P, Thammattoor UK, Thomas T, Mainkar MK, Paranjape R, Adhikary R, Duchesne T, Ramesh BM, Isac S, Moses S, Alary M. Two cross-sectional studies in south India assessing the effect of an HIV prevention programme for female sex workers on reducing syphilis among their clients. Sex Transm Infect. 2014 Nov;90(7):556-62.

Jaiswal N, Melse A, Thomas T, Basavaraj C, Sharma SK, Srinivasan K, Zimmermann M. High prevalence of maternal hypothyroidism despite adequate iodine status in Indian pregnant women in the first trimester. Thyroid. 2014 Sep;24(9):1419-29.

Samuel TM, Thomas T, Thankachan P, Bhat S, Virtanen SM, Kurpad AV. Breast milk zinc transfer and early post-natal growth among urban South Indian term infants using measures of breast milk volume and breast milk zinc concentrations. Matern Child Nutr. 2014 Jul;10(3):398-409.

Duggan C, Srinivasan K, Thomas T, Samuel T, Rajendran R, Muthayya S, Finkelstein JL, Lukose A, Fawzi W, Allen LH, Bosch RJ, Kurpad AV. Vitamin B-12 supplementation during pregnancy and early lactation increases maternal, breast milk, and infant measures of vitamin B-12 status. J Nutr. 2014 May;144(5):758-64.

Sucharita S, Dwarkanath P, Thomas T, Srinivasan K, Kurpad AV, Vaz M. Low maternal vitamin B12 status during pregnancy is associated with reduced heart rate variability indices in young children. Matern Child Nutr. 2014 Apr;10(2):226-33.

Kurpad AV, Anand P, Dwarkanath P, Hsu JW, Thomas T, Devi S, Thomas A, Mhaskar R, Jahoor F. Whole body methionine kinetics, transmethylation, transulfuration and remethylation during pregnancy. Clin Nutr. 2014 Feb;33(1):122-9.

Bhola P, Rekha DP, Sathyanarayanan V, Daniel S, Thomas T. Self-reported suicidality and its predictors among adolescents from a pre-university college in Bangalore, India. Asian J Psychiatr. 2014 Feb;7(1):38-45.

Kuriyan R, Griffiths JK, Finkelstein JL, Thomas T, Raj T, Bosch RJ, Kurpad AV, Duggan C. Innovations in nutrition education and global health: the Bangalore Boston nutrition collaborative. BMC Med Educ. 2014 Jan 8;14:5.

Sokolovic N, Selvam S, Srinivasan K, Thankachan P, Kurpad AV, Thomas T. Catch-up growth does not associate with cognitive development in Indian school-age children. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jan;68(1):14-8.

Lukose A, Ramthal A, Thomas T, Bosch R, Kurpad AV, Duggan C, Srinivasan K. Nutritional factors associated with antenatal depressive symptoms in the early stage of pregnancy among urban South Indian women. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Jan;18(1):161-70.

Sowmya S, Thomas T, Bharathi AV, Sucharita S. A body shape index and heart rate variability in healthy indians with low body mass index. J Nutr Metab. 2014;2014:865313.

Dwarkanath P, Barzilay JR, Thomas T, Thomas A, Bhat S, Kurpad AV. High folate and low vitamin B-12 intakes during pregnancy are associated with small-for-gestational age infants in South Indian women: a prospective observational cohort study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Dec;98(6):1450-8.

Kuriyan R, Sokolovic N, Kurpad AV, Thomas T. Sleep and birth weight predict visceral adiposity in overweight/obese children .Pediatr Obes. 2013 Jun;8(3):e41-4.

Swaminathan S, Thomas T, Yusuf S, Vaz M. Clustering of diet, physical activity and overweight in parents and offspring in South India. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Feb;67(2):128-34.

Samuel TM, Thomas T, Finkelstein J, Bosch R, Rajendran R, Virtanen SM, Srinivasan K, Kurpad AV, Duggan C. Correlates of anaemia in pregnant urban South Indian women: a possible role of dietary intake of nutrients that inhibit iron absorption. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Feb;16(2):316-24.

Sucharita S, Sowmya S, Thomas T, Kurpad AV, Vaz M. Plasma vitamin B12, methylmalonic Acid and heart rate variability in healthy young Indian adults. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2013;83(3):147-53.

Varadharajan KS, Thomas T, Rajaraman D, Kurpad AV, Vaz M. Overweight and obesity among internal migrants in India. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2013;22(3):416-25.

Muthayya S, Thankachan P, Hirve S, Amalrajan V, Thomas T, Lubree H, Agarwal D, Srinivasan K, Hurrell RF, Yajnik CS, Kurpad AV. Iron fortification of whole wheat flour reduces iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia and increases body iron stores in Indian school-aged children. J Nutr. 2012 Nov;142(11):1997-2003.

Dwarkanath P, Soares MJ, Thomas T, Vaz M, Swaminathan S, Kurpad AV. Food Frequency Questionnaire Is a Valid Tool for the Assessment of Dietary Habits of South Indian Pregnant Women. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2014 Sep;26(5):494-506.

Thankachan P, Rah JH, Thomas T, Selvam S, Amalrajan V, Srinivasan K, Steiger G, Kurpad AV. Multiple micronutrient-fortified rice affects physical performance and plasma vitamin B-12 and homocysteine concentrations of Indian school children. J Nutr. 2012 May;142(5):846-52.

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.

Thomas T, Eilander A, Muthayya S, McKay S, Thankachan P, Theis W, Gandhe A, Osendarp SJ, Kurpad AV. The effect of a 1-year multiple micronutrient or n-3 fatty acid fortified food intervention on morbidity in Indian school children. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2012 Apr;66(4):452-8.


Impact assessment of HIV prevention programming in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka: the CHARME-India II project (Sub Grantee).

Prospective study on infant feeding practices and their influence on body composition of infants and mothers in rural and urban India.

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