Dr. Meena Desai



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientist 'B'

Molecular Immunodiagnostics
Phone : +( 91-22) 2419 2026
Email  : desaim@nirrh.res.in


Academic Background

Degree /Diploma

University

Year

Field of Study

PhD

University of Mumbai

1994

Biochemistry

MSc

University of Mumbai

1985

Applied Biology

Dip. In Clinical Laboratory Analysis

Sophia College, Mumbai

1980

Clinical Chemistry, Medical Microbiology, Hematology

Bachelor of Science

University of Mumbai

1978

Microbiology, Biochemistry


Professional Experience

Sr No.

Name of the Institute

Designation

From

To

1.

NIRRH

Scientist B

2013

 

2.

NIRRH

Scientist C (on Deputation DST)*

2012

2013

3.

NIRRH

Research Assistant

2008

2011

4.

Univ. of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) USA

Post-Doctoral Fellow

2006

2007

5 .

NIRRH

Research Officer (on Deputation to DFW)*

2002

2005

6 .

NIRRH

Research Assistant

1996

2001

7 .

NIRRH

Research Associate (on Deputation to DBT)*

1994

1996

8.

NIRRH

PhD student

1989

1993


Research Interests

  • Diagnostics for Reproductive Health

  • Osteoporosis: Hormonal, Biochemical/Molecular and Genetic aspects


Awards & Achievements

  • Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “Bone turnover markers, bone density and hormonal profiles across the menopausal transition” Symposium on Metabolic Bone Disorders, I st National Conference of Indian Society for Bone and Mineral Research, November 11 th – 14 th, 2005, New Delhi, India.
  • Best Scientific performance for the year 2001-2002, NIRRH, Mumbai, March, 2002.
  • Gold medal awarded for Major Achievements in the field of Biological Sciences by the American Biographical Inc, USA, 2001.
  • Best Poster Award for the paper entitled “Urinary Gonadotropin Assays to Monitor ovarian function” in the topic category of ‘Infertility’ International Conference on Reproductive Health, March 15 th – 19 th, 1996, Mumbai, India.
  • Research Assosciateship from Dept. of Biotechnology, 1994-1996.


Publications
(Last 10)

1 M.Ikram Khatkhatay and Meena Desai Genetic factors contributing to bone health:
Postmenopausal osteoporosis : Basic and Clinical concepts (ed; Meeta, Jay pee Bros, Medical Publishers, New Delhi, India):39-50, 2013

2 Meena Desai, MI Khatkhatay, VR Taskar, Z Ansari. Changes in Cytokines, Biomarkers of Bone Turnover and Hormones Are Associated With Bone Loss in Postmenopausal Indian Women. Int J Endocrinol Metab. 10: 399-403, 2012.

3 Kalpana K. Venkat, Murli M. Arora, Parduman Singh, Meena Desai, MI Khatkhatay. Effect of alcohol consumption on BMD and hormonal parameters in physically active male soldiers. Bone 45:449-454, 2009

4 Kalpana Venkat, Meena Desai, M M Arora, P Singh, M Ikram Khatkhatay. Age-related changes in sex steroid levels influence BMD in healthy Indian men. Osteoporosis International, 20 (6): 955-962, 2009

5 Sumegha Mitra, Desai MP, Khatkhatay MI. Vitamin D receptor gene polymorphisms and BMD in postmenopausal Indian women. Maturitas 55:27-35, 2006

6 Sumegha Mitra, Desai MP, Khatkhatay MI. Association of estrogen receptor alpha gene polymorphisms with BMD in postmenopausal Indian women. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 87:82-86, 2006

7 Desai MP , Khatkhatay MI, Bhanuprakash K V,Savardekar LS, Shah RS, Ansari ZW. Hormonal profiles and biochemical indices of bone turnover in Indian women. Osteoporosis International 18 (7): 923-929, 2007

8 Desai MP, Bhanuprakash K V, Khatkhatay MI, Donde UM. Age related changes in bone turnover markers and ovarian hormones in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. J Clin Lab Analysis 21:55-60, 2007

9 Bhanuprakash KV, Desai MP, Bandivdekar AH, Donde UM, Khatkhatay MI Extraction, purification and development of an ELISA for Osteocalcin J Immunoassay Immunochemistry 26:57-75, 2005

10. Desai MP , Donde UM, Khatkhatay MI. Improved performance of indigenously developed ELISAs for urinary hormones or metabolites using common assay protocols and reagents: evidence from internal quality control studies. J of Immunoassay and Immunochemistry (23) (2) 163 – 181, 2003


Ongoing Projects

S No.

Title of Project

Funding Agency

Date of sanction and Duration

1.

OPG,RANK,RANKL as new biomarkers for Osteoporosis (Principal Investigator)

NIRRH

January,2013 Three years

2.

Elucidating the difference in the cellular proteome of monocytes from pre and post- menopausal women with varying bone mass (Co-Investigator)

BRNS

January 2012 Three years

3.

Preparation of a multianalyte ELISArray of bone turnover markers for the assessment of bone health. (Principal-Investigator)

DST

February 2012 Two years