Dr. Prashanth Thankachan

  • Associate Professor

  • PhD, 2008
    St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, India
  • MSc, 1998
    KMC, Manipal, India
  • BSc, 1998
    St. Joseph's College of Arts and Science

  • Associate Professor
    Division of Nutrition, St. John's Research Institute
    Jun 2016 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Adjunct Faculty
    Division of Epidemiology, St. John's Research Institute
    Aug 2012 - Jun 2016
    Bangalore, India
  • Head, Micronutrient Unit
    Division of Nutrition, St. John's Research Institute
    May 2008 - Aug 2012
    Bangalore, India
  • Research Scientist, Micronutrient Unit
    Division of Nutrition, St. John's Research Institute
    Jan 2007 - May 2008
    Bangalore, India

Fractional iron absorption from enteric coated iron tablets. Ind J. Med Res. 2019 (In press).

Kuriyan R, Thankachan P, Selvam S, Pauline M, Srinivasan K, Kamath-Jha S, Vinoy S, Misra S, Finnegan Y, Kurpad AV. The effects of regular consumption of a multiple micronutrient fortified milk beverage on the micronutrient status of school children and on their mental and physical performance. Clin Nutr. 2016;35(1):190-8.

Kalasuramath S, Kurpad AV, Thankachan P. Effect of iron status on iron absorption in different habitual meals in young south Indian women. Indian J Med Res. 2013 Feb;137(2):324-30.

Thankachan P, Selvam S, Surendran D, Chellan S, Pauline M, Abrams SA, Kurpad AV. Efficacy of a multi micronutrient-fortified drink in improving iron and micronutrient status among schoolchildren with low iron stores in India: a randomised, double-masked placebo-controlled trial. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Jan;67(1):36-41.

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.


Long term efficacy of indigenously developed micronutrient fortified rice in improving iron stores in school children, process standardization to match physical characteristics of FRK with commercial rice varieties and storage stability (DBT)

Stable isotopes to understand vitamin D dose response on bone resorption rates and fractional calcium absorption in vitamin D deficient and sufficient states (DBT)

Development of KMC sensor for remote temperature and position sensing in neonates (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

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