Public Health and Genomics

Public Health and Genomics (PHaG) Laboratory
The mission of Public Health and Genomics (PHaG) Laboratory is to improve people’s life through research driven learning and engaging communities in understanding the ways and methods of adopting healthy lifestyle and overall wellbeing. Our area of research is to determine the burden of non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) and its risk factors in Indian population. We are also pursuing research in determining social epidemiological factors influencing disease pathophysiology in rural Indian setting. Currently, we are focusing on life-course epidemiological research by developing a birth cohort in Rajasthan, i.e. "Gestational Route to Healthy Birth" (GaRBH cohort), using longitudinal study design.

Laboratory facilities:
Weighing Machine
Baby Weighing machine
HbA1C point-of-care
Blood Pressure Monitor
Deep Freezer

PHaG’s Teaching and Training Activities:
Our research driven expertise and continuous efforts in non-communicable chronic diseases has lead to the introduction of Public Health and Epidemiology papers in B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Phil. courses in Anthropology. This laboratory is actively involved in providing quality training and teaching exercises to the students of the Department (especially, the art of fieldwork, high quality data collection, bioethics, research methodology, and biostatistics).

PHaG laboratory has already produced 5 doctoral students. Currently, 6 Ph.D. and 1 M.Phil. students are actively involved in their respective research works related to following complex diseases or traits:
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
Mental Health
Social Epidemiology/Medical Anthropology

Funders of PHaG:
Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance
Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India
Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
University Gant Commission (UGC), India

Faculty in-charge:
Prof. M. P. Sachdeva (
Dr. Vipin Gupta (

Scholars interested in Post-doctoral research via submitting research proposal applications in SERB, UGC, DST, etc. can contact the laboratory throughout the year.

Note: As per UGC guidelines, we only publish in high quality peer reviewed journals indexed in Scopus or Web of Science or journals with Thomson Reuter’s impact factor.