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Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan Raj

  • Professor & Head, Division of Nutrition
  • Head, Clinical Nutrition and Lifestyle Management
  • rebecca@sjri.res.in
Education

  • 2006, Ph.D. - Nutrition
    Avinashilingam Deemed University, Coimbatore, India
  • 1993 -1994, M.Phil. - Food and Nutrition
    Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India
  • 1991 - 1993, M.Sc. - Food and Nutrition
    Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India
  • 1989 - 1991, B.Sc. - Nutrition
    Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India
Experience

  • Head, Division of Nutrition
    St. John’s Research Institute
    Mar 2019 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Professor
    St. John’s Research Institute
    Jan 2018 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Head, Nutrition and Lifestyle Management Clinic
    St. John’s Medical College Hospital
    2005 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Associate Professor (Nutrition)
    Dept. of Physiology, St. John’s Medical College
    2012 - 2017
    Bangalore, India
  • Associate Professor
    St. John’s Research Institute
    2011 - 2017
    Bangalore, India
  • Assistant Professor (Nutrition)
    Dept. of Physiology, St. John’s Medical College
    2006 - 2012
    Bangalore, India
  • Assistant Professor
    St. John's Research Institute
    2005 - 2011
    Bangalore, India
  • Tutor (Nutrition)
    St. John’s Medical College
    2000 - 2006
    Bangalore, India
  • Core Nutritionist
    St. John’s Medical College
    1994 - 2000
    Bangalore, India
Publications

Kuriyan R, Naqvi S, Bhat KG, Thomas T, Thomas A, George S, Nagarajarao SC, Sachdev HS, Preston T, Kurpad AV. Estimation of protein requirements in Indian pregnant women using a whole-body potassium counter. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019;109:1064-1070.

Naqvi S, Bhat KG, Preston T, Devi S, Joseph J, Sachdev HS, Kurpad AV, Kuriyan R. The development of a whole-body potassium counter for the measurement of body cell mass in adult humans. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2018;27:1190–7.

Roberts SB, Das SK, Suen VMM, Pihlajamäki J, Kuriyan R, Steiner-Asiedu M, Taetzsch A, Anderson AK, Silver RE, Barger K, Krauss A, Karhunen L, Zhang X, Hambly C, Schwab U, Triffoni-Melo AT, Taylor SF, Economos C, Kurpad AV, Speakman JR. Measured energy content of frequently purchased restaurant meals: multi-country cross sectional study. BMJ. 2018;363:k4864.

Kuriyan R, Selvam S, Thomas T, Jayakumar J, Lokesh DP, Phillip MP, Aravind JV, Kurpad AV. Body Composition Percentiles in Urban South Indian Children and Adolescents. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018;26(10):1629-1636.

Babu R, Kuriyan R, Thomas T, Sambashivaiah S, Kurpad AV. Effect of increasing protein content at the evening meal followed by exercise on overnight nocturnal total energy expenditure, fat and carbohydrate oxidation in healthy young Indian men. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2018;27(5):1077-1083.

Kuriyan R, Rodgers N, Thomas T, Aravind J, Subramanian SV, Kurpad AV. The role of familial and sibling factors on abdominal adiposity: a study of south Indian urban children. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2018;27(4):869-874.

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. 2018;13(2):111-119.

Bandyopadhyay S, Sinha S, Selvam S, Kurpad AV, Kuriyan R. Effect of a cereal and milk meal with or without fruits and nuts on the postprandial glycemic response in Indian men. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2018;27(6):1243-1251.

Gomes TN, Katzmarzyk PT, Hedeker D, Fogelholm M, Standage M, Onywera V, Lambert EV, Tremblay MS, Chaput JP, Tudor-Locke C, Sarmiento O, Matsudo V, Kurpad A, Kuriyan R, Zhao P, Hu G, Olds T, Maher C, Maia J. Correlates of compliance with recommended levels of physical activity in children. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):16507.

Kuriyan R, Lokesh DP, D’Souza N, Priscilla DJ, Peris CH, Selvam S, Kurpad AV. Portion controlled ready-to- eat meal replacement is associated with short term weight loss: A randomised controlled trial. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2017;26(6):1055-1065.

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. 2017;12(6):439-445.

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. 2016;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;59(11):2339-48.

Muthuri SK, Onywera VO, Tremblay MS, Broyles ST, Chaput JP, Fogelholm M, Hu G, Kuriyan R, Kurpad A, Lambert EV, Maher C, Maia J, Matsudo V, Olds T, Sarmiento OL, Standage M, Tudor-Locke C, Zhao P Church TS, Katzmarzyk PT; ISCOLE Research Group. Relationships between Parental Education and Overweight with Childhood Overweight and Physical Activity in 9-11 Year Old Children: Results from a 12-Country Study. PLoS One. 2016;11(8):e0147746.

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;81:13-8.

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;4:24.

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.

LeBlanc AG, Katzmarzyk PT, Barreira TV, Broyles ST, Chaput JP, Church TS, Fogelholm M, Harrington DM, 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 and for the ISCOLE Research Group. Are participant characteristics from ISCOLE study sites comparable to the rest of their country&quest. International journal of obesity supplements. 2015;5:S9-16.

Larouche R, Sarmiento OL, Broyles ST, Denstel KD, Church TS, Barreira TV, Chaput JP, Fogelholm M, Hu G, Kuriyan R, Kurpad A, Lambert EV, Maher C, Maia J, Matsudo V, Olds T, Onywera V, Standage M, Tremblay MS, Tudor-Locke C, Zhao P, Katzmarzyk PT and for the ISCOLE Research Group. Are the correlates of active school transport context-specific&quest. International journal of obesity supplements. 2015;5:S89-99.

Mikkilä V, Vepsäläinen H, Saloheimo T, Gonzalez SA, Meisel JD, Hu G, Champagne CM, Chaput JP, Church TS, Katzmarzyk PT, Kuriyan R, Kurpad A, Lambert EV, Maher C, Maia J, Matsudo V, Olds T, Onywera V, Sarmiento OL, Standage M, Tremblay MS, Tudor-Locke C, Zhao P, Fogelholm M and for the ISCOLE Research Group. An international comparison of dietary patterns in 9–11-year-old children. International journal of obesity supplements. 2015;5:S17-21.

Denstel KD, Broyles ST, Larouche R, Sarmiento OL, Barreira TV, Chaput JP, Church TS, Fogelholm M, Hu G, Kuriyan R, Kurpad A, E V Lambert, Maher C, Maia J, Matsudo V, Olds T, Onywera V, Standage M, Tremblay MS, Tudor-Locke C, Zhao P, Katzmarzyk PT. Active school transport and weekday physical activity in 9–11-year-old children from 12 countries. International journal of obesity supplements. 2015;5:S100-6.

Katzmarzyk PT, Barreira TV, Broyles ST, Champagne CM, Chaput JP, Fogelholm M, Hu G, Johnson WD, Kuriyan R, Kurpad A, Lambert EV, Maher C, Maia J, Matsudo V, Olds T, Onywera V, Sarmiento OL, Standage M, Tremblay MS, Tudor-Locke C, Zhao P, Church TS. Physical Activity, Sedentary Time, and Obesity in an International Sample of Children. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015;47(10):2062-9.

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;52(9):773-8.

Kuriyan R, Tinku Thomas, Sangeetha Ashok, Jayakumar J, Anura V Kurpad. A 4 compartment model based validation of air displacement plethysmography, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, skinfold technique and bio-electrical impedance for measuring body fat in Indian adults. Indian J Med Res. 2014;139(5):700-7.

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.;14:5.

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

Kuriyan R, Kurpad AV. Complementary feeding patterns in India. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2012;22(10):799-805.

Unni US, Raj T, Sambashivaiah S, Kuriyan R, Uthhappa 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 Indian men. Clin Nutr. 2012;31(6):903-10.

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;49(2):124-8.

Kuriyan R, Thomas T, Lokesh DP, Sheth NR, Mahendra A, Joy R, Sumithra S, Bhat S, Kurpad AV. Waist circumference and Waist for height percentiles in Urban South Indian Children aged 3-16 years. Indian Pediatr. 2011;48(10):765-71.

Misra A, Sharma R, Gulati S, Joshi SR, Sharma V, Ghafoorunissa, Ibrahim A, Joshi S, Laxmaiah A, Kurpad A, Raj RK, Mohan V, Chandalia H, Krishnaswamy K, Boindala S, Gopalan S, Bhattiprolu SK, Modi S, Vikram NK, Makkar BM, Mathur M, Dey S, Vasudevan S, Gupta SP, Puri S, Joshi P, Khanna K, Mathur P, Krishnaswamy S, Madan J, Karmarkar M, Seth V, Passi SJ, Chadha D, Bhardwaj For The National Dietary Guidelines Consensus Group. Consensus Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Living and Prevention of Obesity, the Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, and Related Disorders in Asian Indians. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2011;13(6):683-94.

Soares MJ, Kuriyan R, Kurpad AV. Calcium and vitamin D modulate postprandial vascular function: A pilot dose–response study. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews 2010;4;128-131.

Kuriyan R, Kumar DR, R R, Kurpad AV. An evaluation of the hypolipidemic effect of an extract of Hibiscus Sabdariffa leaves in hyperlipidemic Indians: a double blind, placebo controlled trial. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2010;10:27.

Bharathi AV, Kuriyan R, Kurpad AV, Thomas T, Ebrahim S, Kinra S, Lyngdoh T, Reddy SK, Dorairaj P, Vaz M. Assessment of physical activity using accelerometry, an activity diary, the heart rate method and the Indian Migration Study questionnaire in South Indian adults. Public Health Nutr. 2010;13(1):47-53.

Krishnaveni GV, Veena SR, Kuriyan R, Kishore RP, Wills AK, Nalinakshi M, Kehoe S, Fall CH, Kurpad AV. Relationship between physical activity measured using accelerometers and energy expenditure measured using doubly labelled water in Indian children. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009;63(11):1313-9.

Kuriyan R, Thomas T, Kurpad AV. Total body muscle mass estimation from bioelectrical impedance analysis & simple anthropometric measurements in Indian men. Indian J Med Res. 2008;127(5):441-6.

Kuriyan R, Rajendran R, Bantwal G, Kurpad AV. Effect of supplementation of Coccinia cordifolia extract on newly detected diabetic patients. Diabetes Care. 2008;31(2):216-20.

Kuriyan R, Bhat S, Thomas T, Vaz M and Kurpad AV. Television viewing and sleep are associated with overweight among urban and semi-urban South Indian children. Nutr J. 2007;6:25.

Kuriyan R, Raj TR, Srinivas SK, Vaz M, Rajendran R, Kurpad AV.Effect of Caralluma Fimbriata extract on appetite, food intake and anthropometery in adult Indian men and women. Appetite. 2007;48(3):338-44.

Kuriyan R, Kurpad AV, Vaz M. Physical activity patterns in Asian Indians with diabetes. Natl Med J India. 2006;19(4):237-8.

Raj T, Kuriyan R, Kurpad AV. Bicarbonate kinetics in Indian males. J Biosci. 2006;31(2):273-80.

Rebecca Kuriyan Raj, Anura V Kurpad. Nutrition in Obesity and Diabetes (2015). Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers.

Projects

Effect of early stunting on body cell mass and fat mass in term appropriate for gestational age (AGA) infants

Estimating lysine metabolic availability of milk and vegetarian meal using indicator amino acid oxidation method in humans

Effect of dietary bioactive compounds on nocturnal fat oxidation among normal and overweight young adult males

Mixed Longitudinal/Cross-Sectional Study of Body Composition of Infants from Birth to 6 Months from Bangalore, India.

Consortium on Vulnerability to Externalizing Disorders and Addictions [c-VEDA] (Indo-UK Collaborative project, funded by ICMR and Medical Research Council, UK) - Co-Principal Investigator - 2016-2019

Estimation of body cell mass using potassium counter in pregnant women and neonates (Department of BioTechnology, India) - Principal Investigator - 2014-2016

Harvard India Nutrition Initiative.

Accurate Measurement of Percent Body Fat in Urban South Indian Children aged 5-16 years using Air Displacement Plethysmography (BOD POD) - The Pediatric Epidemiology and Child Health (PEACH) Study-II.

Association of accurately measured body fat with risk factors for chronic disease in urban Indian children aged 6-15 years.

International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE).

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