This week, we learn more about Dinesh Chandel, Ph.D., research assistant professor, environmental, agriculture and occupational health, College of Public Health.
- Name: Dinesh Chandel, Ph.D.
- Hometown: Chhapra BR, India
- Years of service at UNMC: Eight years
Tell us about what you do at UNMC.
I have dedicated more than a decade to researching ways to prevent newborn infections in developing countries. At UNMC, I was part of an international team that found that a probiotic strain could prevent sepsis and lung diseases in Indian newborns. My current research is on human gut-metagenomics and molecular epidemiology and surveillance of drug resistant infections in India and West Africa. Also, I supervise students in their capstone projects, lab research training of medical graduates, postdocs and visiting scientists at UNMC.
Innovation is one of UNMC's iTEACH values. Tell us of a time you witnessed a person or group work to seek and implement better ideas at UNMC.
I have participated in university-wide "systems science & food for health" interactive forums organized at UNL's innovation campus. My research horizons have widened as a result of working in collaboration with faculty at UNL and the VA.
Also, the first-of-its-kind African summit recently held on campus showcased a myriad of research opportunities in global public health.
What is your favorite summer activity?
My favorite sports are cricket and baseball, and I have enjoyed the summer College World Series in Omaha. I like going out with family and friends, but last summer was super fun when I sailed around Lake Superior.
List three things people may not know about you.
- I was born at a military hospital in Bareilly (India). My father and I recently visited there to get my original birth certificate, needed for a visa application. Records revealed that I was a preemie with low birth weight complicated by serious lung infections. My parents remain grateful to the NICU doctors who saved my life.
- I have two daughters who will enter Westside middle and high schools. I'm thankful to my wife, a fabulous homemaker with a master's in biology, for giving the best care to our growing daughters.
- My childhood dream was to be a fighter pilot or a chief medical officer and serve in the military.
Thank you for your dedication to researching ways to prevent newborn infections in developing countries.
Your graceful personality encompasses everything.one aspires for kah naanak Sabad ratan hai heere jitu jadaau
We proud that you represent India.