Meet Distinguished Scientist Kusum Kharbanda, Ph.D.

April 14, 2014

Image with caption: Kusum K. Kharbanda, Ph.D.

Kusum K. Kharbanda, Ph.D.

This profile is part of a series to highlight the 16 researchers and one community member who will be honored at an April 21 ceremony. The recipients include the 2013 Scientist Laureate, six New Investigators, eight Distinguished Scientists, two Research Leadership awardees, and a Community Service to Research honoree.

  • Name: Kusum K. Kharbanda, Ph.D.
  • Title: Associate professor of medicine and biochemistry & molecular biology
  • Joined UNMC: 1992
  • Hometown: New Delhi, India

Describe your research briefly in layman's terms.
Alcoholic liver disease is one of the most serious medical consequences of chronic alcohol abuse. My research focus is to understand what happens at a cellular and molecular level in the liver after chronic alcohol consumption. We are also investigating the use of a compound "betaine" and its analogs to prevent and treat liver injury of various etiologies including alcoholic liver disease.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?
A clear understanding of how alcoholic liver disease develops will hopefully translate to exploring other potential protective/therapeutic interventions to reduce morbidity and mortality from this disease.

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?
My parents taught me to see the positive in every aspect of my life.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I visit my sister in Lincoln most weekends to be with her and her family.
  • I enjoy roller coaster rides.
  • I like to collect recipes but hardly ever cook at home.


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Dr Kanchan Arora
April 23, 2014 at 7:57 AM

I always knew you are a gem of the family.Well done. Kanchan Didi

Ravi Maniktala
April 15, 2014 at 9:05 AM

You are our PRIDE and JOY, it is well-deserved award.

Nate Maniktala
April 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Congratulations Kusum Masi, we are so proud of you!

Rick Maniktala
April 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Congrats! From your family, you are amazing.

James Haorah
April 14, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Congratulation Kusum! You are ONE among the many leading STARS in the world of science. It is an honor to know you.

Congratulations! Well-deserved Award.
April 14, 2014 at 3:38 PM

April 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Congratulations Kusum! As the saying goes, "Now that Dr Kharbanda is here.. we can get started!" It is so true, you are valued and appreciated.

Cheryl Williams
April 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Congrats to a great researcher and wonderful person!

Todd Wyatt
April 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Professor Kharbanda is the most collaborative scientist that I know. Her willingness to help others' research and enthusiasm for science knows few limitations. She is an UNMC treasure!

Edward Roche
April 14, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Congratulations, Kusum. This is a well deserved honor.