Preventing Rotavirus through comprehensive vaccine access

Diarrhea sickens and kills more children than virtually any other illness.
The Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies (ROTA) is working to change this.


Gagandeep Kang

Gagandeep Kang is a professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India. She is vice principal of research, deputy chairperson of the Institutional Review Board and head of the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory at CMC.

Dr. Kang’s research focuses on enteric infections in children. She recently studied hospital and community-based surveillance utilizing new molecular procedures to investigate immune responses in children with viral and parasitic enteric infections. She has worked to determine modes of transmission and assess immune responses to design effective interventions for addressing enteric infections in children. She has also served as an investigator on national and internationally funded diarrheal disease research grants.

In 2006, Dr. Kang received the Indian National Award for Women Bioscientists for her significant contributions to the understanding of the molecular epidemiology of rotavirus in children.

In 1999, she served as a visiting fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and in 1998, she was a visiting fellow at the Health Protection Agency in London, England. Dr. Kang worked as a lecturer and a reader in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences at CMC from 1991 to 1998.

Dr. Kang has published numerous papers in national and international journals. She is the recipient of India’s National Talent Scholarship and has been honored with a core research professorship and Lourdu Yedanapalli Research Award by CMC.

Dr. Kang received international, honorary appointments as an associate faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, and adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

She received her MD in clinical microbiology in 1991 and her PhD in microbiology in 1998 from CMC in India.