Indian National Science Academy
Professor Kang is a physician-scientist who has built a strong inter-disciplinary research program that uses careful and detailed field epidemiology with molecular tools for characterization of infectious agents and host response to infection to understand and change factors that affect transmission, development and prevention of enteric infections and their sequelae. Observational, interventional and mechanistic studies on enteric infection and nutrition have demonstrated the complex relationships between gut function and physical and cognitive development. She has conducted phase 1 to phase 4 trials of vaccines, particularly for rotavirus and developed multi-site surveillance proograms across India and south east Asia. Based first at an outstanding medical college and now at the THSTI, she has established a strong training program for students and young faculty in clinical translational medicine aiming to build a cadre of clinical researchers studying relevant problems in India.