Visual Anthropology Laboratory

Physiological Anthropology Laboratory

Physiological Anthropology Laboratory is dedicated to teaching and research. The mission is to provide students with hands-on training in the practical skills of Physiological Anthropology specially in assessing cardiovascular, haematological and respiratory functions. The Physiological Anthropology Laboratory has been trying to integrate the physiological aspect of human health by using physiological, anthropometry and molecular techniques.

This laboratory has produced many scholars including 8 Post doc. (6 completed, 2 currently under guidance), 23 doctorate (17 awarded, 6 pursuing) 7 M.Phil (5 awarded, 2 pursuing).

Further, the research focuses on wide range of areas highlighting theapplicability of knowledge to the relevant health problems due to lifestyle risk factors among urban, rural and tribal population. This laboratory is engaged in a wide range of research areas including human adaptation, growth and development,physical activity, communicable and non-communicable disease, reproductive and child health, epidemiology and public health.

The laboratory is very well equipped with instruments required for physiological and molecular research activities. This lab has PowerLab, BIOPAC, TLC, Treadmill, Segmental body composition analyser, thermal cycler etc., which are specialised techniques for measurement of lung functions, cardio vascular, physical fitness and body composition. Over the past few years it has become an epitome of research centre, in human physiological research. It also has begun to use molecular and epidemiological methods in order to study lifestyle health complications from a populationspecific perspective. It will help to make a stronger picture of role of genetics and environment in public health.

In the past, this lab has produced many efficacious and bright research scholars who are currently working as a faculty in different universities. The researchers from this lab are also placed in various Research organisations and non-government organisations such as MAMTAHealth Institute for Mother and Child, Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research, Ahmedabad, etc.

Many scholars during their research availed fellowships to explore foreign universities including Common Wealth Fellowship for Post-doctoral work, Glasgow University, Doctoral research work from the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen,and advanced studies in Public health from Kings College London.

Teachers-in-charge
Prof. Satwanti Kapoor
Dr. Meenal Dhall

Current Research Scholars

Ms.Pankhuri Sharma (Senior Program Manager, Mamta Health Institute for Mother and Child)
Topic: Menopause and its health consequences among women in Delhi (Thesis Submitted)

Ms.Prerna Bhasin (MPH candidate in Kings College London)
Topic: Reproductive determinants of child growth rate: Rural- Urban dynamics (Thesis Submitted)

Ms.Deepali Verma (UGC- Senior Research Fellow)
Topic: Identifying children at risk of type 2 diabetes

Ms.Heemanshu Aurora (DST Inspire- Senior Research Fellow)
Topic: Tuberculosis diabetes and central obesity: An anthropological perspective

Ms.Imkongtenla Pongen (UGC- Junior Research Fellow)
Topic: Non communicable disease and life style risk factors among Ao Nagas of Nagaland

Ms.Shumayla (UGC- Junior Research Fellow)
Topic: Reproductive health profile of Muslim women in North India



Research Associates

Dr. Mary Grace, DST Women scientist
Effects of Tuberculosis treatment on haemoglobin levels and nutritional status
among patients in Delhi: A follow up study


Dr.Suman Dua, UGC PDF Fellow
Prevalence of Obesity among 6-9 years old children from affluent families of Delhi
to investigate associated health risk factors

Recent Publications


Mary Grace Tungdim,Prerna Bhasin,Meenal Dhall,Deepali Verma,Heemanshu Aurora,
Satwanti Kapoor,Anup Kumar Kapoor,Ngilyang Taley.
Trends of Tuberculosis And Its Determinants In Urban Population of Delhi, India.
Indian journal of applied research. 2014. 4(10): 31-35. IF: 2.165

Prerna Bhasin & Satwanti Kapoor.
Pregnancy Complications and Calculated Cardiovascular Risk in Urban Women: Do We Envisage an Association?
Journal of Urban Health.2014. 91(1):162-175.IF: 1.943

Shaila Bhardwaj, Deepali Verma, SatwantiKapoor.
Body composition and basal metabolic rate in pregnant women.
Anthropological Review. 2013; 76 (2): 163–171.IF: 0.041

Shilpi Gupta and Satwanti Kapoor.
Genetic and environmental influences on blood pressure in Aggarwal Baniya population.
Journal of Biosocial Science. 2012. 45(1):1-11.IF: 0.883

Meenal Dhall, Chaturvedi Madan Mohan, Umesh Rai, Satwanti kapoor.
Association of variants of UCP 1 with blood pressure and obesity markers.
Ethnicity and Disease. 2012. Volume 22, 181-184.IF: 0.921

Satwanti Kapoor, Deepali Verma, Prerna Bhasin, Meenal Dhall, Shaila Bhardwaj, Anup Kumar Kapoor.
Skin folds as prognosticators of nutritional status among adult undernourished males of India.
International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology. 2012; 4(9):257-265.

A.K.Kapoor, Kiran Saluja, Deepali Verma and Satwanti Kapoor.
Predictors of Hypertension among Adult Tribal Males of India
. International Journal of Tropical Disease & Health.2012. 2 (4):241-256.