Nikhil Dhurandhar

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Nikhil V. Dhurandhar is a university professor who has published details about the proposed adipogenic effect of the human adenovirus AD-36 on laboratory animals[1] and also its association with human obesity.[2] He trained as a homeopath in India, studied Nutrition at North Dakota State University and has a PhD from Bombay. He has coined the term infectobesity.[3]

In his research, Dhurandhar also found animals infected with Ad-36 experienced a decrease in cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar despite causing weight gain. His research includes isolating the protein in the virus that leads to lower metabolic numbers to create a treatment for diabetes.[4]

Dhurandhar was the 2014-2015 president of the Obesity Society. He received the 2015 Osborne and Mendel Award, given by the American Society for Nutrition and recognizing recent outstanding basic research accomplishments in nutrition.

Dhurandhar is chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University. Before coming to Texas Tech in 2014, he worked at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.


  1. ^ Dhurandhar, Nikhil V.; Whigham, Leah D.; Abbott, David H.; Schultz-Darken, Nancy J.; Israel, Barbara A.; Bradley, Steven M.; Kemnitz, Joseph W.; Allison, David B.; Atkinson, Richard L. (1 October 2002). "Human Adenovirus Ad-36 Promotes Weight Gain in Male Rhesus and Marmoset Monkeys". The Journal of Nutrition. 132 (10): 3155–3160. doi:10.1093/jn/131.10.3155. ISSN 0022-3166. PMID 12368411.
  2. ^ Atkinson RL, Dhurandhar NV, Allison DB, Bowen RL, Israel BA, Albu JB, Augustus AS (March 2005). "Human adenovirus-36 is associated with increased body weight and paradoxical reduction of serum lipids". Int J Obes (Lond). 29 (3): 281–6. doi:10.1038/sj.ijo.0802830. PMID 15611785.
  3. ^ Dhurandhar NV (October 2001). "Infectobesity: obesity of infectious origin". J. Nutr. 131 (10): 2794S–2797S. doi:10.1093/jn/131.10.2794s. PMID 11584109.
  4. ^ "Infectobesity Researcher Becomes First Chair of Nutritional Sciences Department | January | 2015 | Texas Tech Today | TTU". Retrieved 16 May 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Official site of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
  • Official site of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University.