Scientist, Fellow of Royal Society London

Gagandeep Kang is the first woman scientist working in India to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. She is also the first Indian woman to be elected to Fellowship of the American Academy of Microbiology and the only physician-scientist to receive the Infosys Award in Life Sciences. SHe received her training in medicine and microbiology at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore in southern India and is Professor of Microbiology at CMC. She works on enteric infections in children, particularly on transmission and immune responses, in order to design effective interventions. Current studies include active hospital and community based surveillance and clinical trials of new and existing vaccines, with use of molecular based assays to study the diversity of pathogens and the immune response of children with viral and parasitic enteric infections.