Nikhil Dhurandhar

Infectobesity Researcher Becomes Chair of Nutritional Sciences

Infectobesity refers to research that studies the relationship between pathogens and weight gain.

As a topic, obesity has been ever-present in Nikhil Dhurandhar’s life for as long as he can remember.

His father is considered the father of obesity practice in the Indian medical community, and when he went to medical school, Dhurandhar knew his passion was in obesity treatment.

“I often saw the difficulties that people suffering from obesity face and how quacks take them for a ride,” he said. “I pondered about what could be done for them.”

Dhurandhar, who recently became the first chairman of the newly created Department of Nutritional Sciences, found career success in treating obesity but was frustrated because his patients were unsuccessful in keeping the weight off. He kept seeing the same patients going through the same cycle of losing and gaining weight. Although there were a few individual success stories, on the whole the results were less than optimal.