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Ranjan Deka, PhD
India, Germany, and Croatia are all places that Dr. Ranjan Deka has studied, taught, and conducted research. Deka’s primary area of interest is in understanding the genetic basis of common diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
“There is overwhelming evidence that there are pre-disposed diseases found in families—obesity, Type 2 diabetes, asthma—these are some common diseases, but they are complex by nature,” says Deka.
Genetic diseases can be broadly divided into two categories, says Deka. The first is “clear” genetic diseases, like cycle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis, and the second is diseases that are not to clear and are affected by the environment. Environmental factors can include lifestyle, diet, exercise, and work conditions.
“Finding these disease changes is a daunting and challenging task,” Deka states.
In 2010, Deka was awarded the Gorjanović-Krambergeri Award from the Croation Anthropological Society, Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research in Croatia focuses on metabolic syndrome, and assemblage of risk factors, obesity, and hypertension, associated with development of cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome has become a major public health problem in the developed countries. Click here to read more about this research.
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