Dr. Gagandeep Kang
Dr Gagandeep Kang is an acclaimed Virologist at the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences in The Christian Medical College, Vellore. She is known for her interdisciplinary research studying the transmission, development and prevention of enteric infections and their sequelae in children in India. To develop practical approaches to support public health, she has also built national rotavirus and typhoid surveillance networks, established laboratories to support vaccine trials and conducted phase 1-3 clinical trials of vaccines, a comprehensive approach that has supported two WHO prequalified vaccines, made by two Indian companies. She is investigating the complex relationships between infection, gut function and physical and cognitive development, and seeking to build a stronger human immunology research in India.
She has established strong training programmes for students and young faculty in clinical translational medicine aiming to build a cadre of clinical researchers studying relevant problems in India. She is the first Indian woman scientist to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 359 years of history of this scientific academy. She was the ninth woman to be awarded the Infosys Prize. She is the first Indian and the first woman to edit Manson's Textbook of Tropical Medicine besides being awarded with many other accolades.