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Dr. Pratibha Dwarkanath

  • Associate Professor
  • pratibha@sjri.res.in
Education

  • 2012; PhD - Public Health
    Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2000; M.Sc. - Healh Sciences
    University of Pune, Maharashtra
  • 1998; B.Sc. - Microbiology
    University of Pune, Maharashtra
Experience

  • Associate Professor
    Division of Nutrition, St. John’s Research Institute
    Jan 2019 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Assistant Professor
    Division of Nutrition, St. John's Research Institute
    Jul 2015 - Dec 2018
    Bangalore, India
  • Lecturer
    Division of Nutrition, St John’s Research Institute
    Jul 2012 - Jun 2015
    Bangalore, India
  • Senior Research Fellow
    Division of Nutrition, St John’s Research Institute
    Jun 2008 - Jun 2012
    Bangalore, India
  • Research Assistant
    Division of Nutrition, St. John's Research Institute
    Sep 2001 - May 2008
    Bangalore, India
  • Research Assistant
    Diabetes Research Unit, K.E.M. Hospital, Pune
    May 1999 - Mar 2001
    Maharashtra, India
Publications

Ravikumar G, Mukhopadhyay A, Mani C, Kocchar P, Crasta J, Thomas T, Dwarkanath P, Thomas A, Kurpad AV, Sridhar TS. Placental expression of angiogenesis-related genes and their receptors in IUGR pregnancies: correlation with fetoplacental and maternal parameters. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019:1-8.

Ravikumar G, Crasta J, Prabhu JS, Thomas T, Dwarkanath P, Thomas A, Kurpad AV, Sridhar TS. CD15 as a marker of fetoplacental endothelial immaturity in IUGR placentas. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019;32(10):1646-1653.

Vismaya Kaveri, Manjula SK, Sheela CN, Anura Kurpad, Pratibha Dwarkanath. Maternal serum selenium as a predictor of preeclampsia". International Journal of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics and Gynecology 2018; 11:4628-4633.

Mukhopadhyay A, Thomas T, Bosc RJ, Dwarkanath P, Thomas A, Duggan CP, Kurpad AV. Fetal sex modifies the effect of maternal macronutrient intake on the incidence of small-for-gestational-age births: a prospective observational cohort study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018;108(4):814-820.

Mukhopadhyay A, Dwarkanath P, Bhanji S, Devi S, Thomas A, Kurpad AV, Thomas T. Maternal intake of milk and milk proteins is positively associated with birth weight: A prospective observational cohort study. Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2018;25:103-109.

Ravikumar G, Crasta J, Prabhu JS, Thomas T, Dwarkanath P, Thomas A, Sridhar TS, Kurpad AV. Eccentric placentae have reduced surface area and are associated with lower birth weight in babies small for gestational age. Journal of Developmental Origin Health and Disease 2018;1:1-6.

Dwarkanath P, Vasudevn A, Thomas T, Anand SS, Desai D, Gupta M, Menezes G, Kurpad AV, Srinivasan K. Socio-economic, environmental and nutritional characteristics of urban and rural South Indian women in early pregnancy: findings from the South Asian Birth Cohort (START). Public Health Nutr. 2018;21(8):1554-1564.

Shivakumar N, Dwarkanath P, Bosch R, Duggan C, Kurpad AV, Thomas T. Influence of gestational weight gain on low birth weight in short-statured South Indian pregnant women. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2018;72(5):752-760.

Purswani JM, Gala P, Dwarkanath P, Larkin HM, Kurpad A, Mehta S. The role of vitamin D in pre-eclampsia: a systematic review. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017;17(1):231.

Devi S, Mukhopadhyay A, Dwarkanath P, Thomas T, Crasta J, Thomas A, Sheela CN, Hsu JW, Tang GJ, Jahoor F, Kurpad AV. Combined Vitamin B-12 and Balanced Protein-Energy Supplementation Affect Homocysteine Remethylation in the Methionine Cycle in Pregnant South Indian Women of Low Vitamin B-12 Status. J Nutr. 2017;147(6):1094-1103.

Ravikumar G, Crasta J, Prabhu JS, 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. Journal of Fetal Medicine. 2017;4(2):85-92.

Devi S, Crasta J, Thomas T, Dwarkanath P, Thomas A, Sheela, CN, Kurpad AV, Mukhopadhyay A. Maternal Methyl-Cycle Amino Acid Profile and Kinetics: Relation with Placental Growth. The Indian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017;54 (2), 118-126.

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;53(4):380-390.

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 48: 119-125. Placenta. 2016;48:119-125.

Anand P, Dwarkanath P, Thomas T, Kurpad AV. Pattern of amino acid oxidation in low BMI South Indian pregnant women. Indian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2016;53(2):153-163.

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. pii: jn227579. [Epub ahead of print].

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;146:218-26.

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;45(2):523-31.

Anand SS, Gupta MK, Schulze KM, Desai D, Abdalla N, Wahi G, Wade C, Scheufler P, McDonald SD, Morrison KM, Vasudevan A, Dwarakanath P, Srinivasan K, Kurpad A, Gerstein HC, Teo KK on behalf of the START and FAMILY investigators. What accounts for ethnic differences in newborn skinfold thickness comparing South Asians and White Caucasians? Findings from the START and FAMILY Birth Cohorts. Int J Obes (Lond). 2016;40(2):239-44.

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. 2015;36(11):1225-30.

Kao CC, Hsu JW, Dwarkanath P, Karnes JM, Baker TM, Bohren KM, Badaloo A, Thame MM, Kurpad AV, Jahoor F. Indian women of childbearing age do not metabolically conserve arginine as do American and Jamaican women. J Nutr. 2015;145(5):884-92.

Raman S, Srinivasan K, Kurpad A, Dwarkanath P, Ritchie J, Worth H. 'My mother…my sisters… and my friends': sources of maternal support in the perinatal period in urban India. Midwifery. 2014;30(1):130-7.

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;33(1):122-9.

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;10(2):226-33.

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;26(5):494-506.

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;98(6):1450-8.

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;92:320–9.

Protudjer JLP, Dwarkanath P, Kozyrskyj A, Srinivasan K, Kurpad AV, Becker AB. Subsequent childhood asthma and wheeze amongst small-for-gestational-age infants in Manitoba and India. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2010; 6(Suppl 3):P36.

Dwarkanath P, Kurpad AV, Muthayya S, Thomas T, Mhaskar A, Mhaskar R, Thomas A, Vaz M, Jahoor F. Glucose kinetics and pregnancy outcome in Indian women with low and normal body mass indices. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009;63:1327-1334.

Dwarkanath P, Muthayya S, Thomas T, Vaz M, Parikh P, Mehra R, Kurpad AV. Polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption and concentration among South Indian women during pregnancy. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2009;18:389-394.

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;63:1091-1097.

Dwarkanath P, Muthayya S, Vaz M, Thomas T, Mhaskar A, Mhaskar R, Thomas A, Bhat S, Kurpad A. The relationship between maternal physical activity during pregnancy and birth weight. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2007;16:704-10.

Muthayya S, Dwarkanath P, Thomas T, Ramprakash S, Mehra R, Mhaskar A, Mhaskar R, Thomas A, Bhat S, Vaz M, Kurpad AV. The effect of fish and omega-3 LCPUFA intake on low birth weight in Indian pregnant women. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009;63:340-6.

Goodyer P, Kurpad A, Rekha S, Muthayya S, Dwarkanath P, Iyengar A, Philip B, Mhaskar A, Benjamin A, Maharaj S, Laforte D, Raju C, Phadke K. Effects of maternal vitamin A status on kidney development: a pilot study. Pediatr Nephrol. 2007;22:209-14.

Muthayya S, Dwarkanath P, Mhaskar M, Mhaskar R, Thomas A, Duggan C, Fawzi WW, Bhat S, Vaz M, Kurpad A.The relationship of neonatal serum vitamin B12 status with birth weight. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2006;15:538-43.

Muthayya S, Dwarkanath P, Thomas T, Vaz M, Mhaskar A, Mhaskar R, Thomas A, Bhat S, Kurpad A. Anthropometry and body composition of south Indian babies at birth. Public Health Nutr. 2006;9:896-903.

Muthayya S, Kurpad AV, Duggan CP, Bosch RJ, Dwarkanath P, Mhaskar A, Mhaskar R, Thomas A, Vaz M, Bhat S, Fawzi WW. Low maternal vitamin B12 status is associated with intrauterine growth retardation in urban South Indians. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006;60:791-801.

Book chapter - Farook Jahoor, Jean W Hsu, Pratibha Dwarkanath, Minerva M Thame, and Anura V Kurpad (2016). L-Arginine Production During Pregnancy. In: Patel VB, Preedy VR, Rajendram R (eds). L-Arginine in Clinical Nutrition. Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017, pp 271-285.

Projects

Demonstrating non-inferiority of a lower dose (500mg) calcium supplementation during pregnancy for reducing preeclampsia (PE) and neonatal outcome, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Harvard School of Public Health, USA, 2017-2021.

Distinguishing Features of Immune Signatures of BCG Vaccination in Infants and Revaccination in Adolescents in Bangalore, India, DBT- NIH, 2019-2021.

Creating an open access knowledge hub of nutritional biomarkers for use in global health settings, King’s College of London, UK, 2018-2019.

Healthy birth, growth and Development Knowledge Integration (HBDGki) Initiative, Birac, DBT- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2017.

Understanding the determinants of adiposity among newborns of Indian ancestry in Canada and India, The South Asian Birth Cohort Cohort (START), ICMR-CIHR, 2013-2015.

Programme Support on the effect of amino acids, vitamin A and oxidative stress on foetal growth, placental function and low birth weight, Department of Biotechnology, India, 2013-2017.

Proof of Culturally Appropriate Iron Fortified Biscuit to Reduce Maternal and Perinatal Anemia, Grand Challenges Canada, 2013-2015.

A comparison of arginine metabolism in healthy Indian, Jamaican and American Women, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the federal funds from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, 2009-2011.

Vitamin B12: Its bioavailability and effect in a balanced protein supplement on sulfur amino acid and methyl transfer kinetics in Indian pregnancy, DBT, India, 2012-2015.

Relationship between maternal nutritional status and pregnancy outcome (USDA, Baylor college of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 2009-2012.

Investigate the pathways and nutritional modulation of methyl group production in underweight and normal weight pregnant women (USDA, Baylor college of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 2005-2008.

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