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 and also its association with human obesity. 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.
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.
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, 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.
- 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.
- Dhurandhar NV (October 2001). "Infectobesity: obesity of infectious origin". J. Nutr. 131 (10): 2794S–2797S. doi:10.1093/jn/131.10.2794s. PMID 11584109.
- "Infectobesity Researcher Becomes First Chair of Nutritional Sciences Department | January | 2015 | Texas Tech Today | TTU". today.ttu.edu. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
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- Official site of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University.