2022 Leadership Journey Project: Building a trans-disciplinary ecosystem for integrative Precision Health and medicine
Mitali Mukerji is a Professor of Department of Bioscience and Bioengineering at IIT Jodhpur. She has a PhD in molecular genetics from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (1997) and was earlier a chief scientist at the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology. Her research is in the broad area of understanding human genome structure and variation for its application in the discovery of biomarkers for predicting susceptibility to diseases, understanding human phenotypes and environmental adaptations and mapping mutational histories. She had been the convenor of the Indian Genome Variation Consortium project which provided the first comprehensive genetic landscape of the Indian populations. She has been involved in developing a new area of research “Ayurgenomics” which aims to integrate Ayurveda with modern medicine through genomics and was the program director of CSIR’s Ayurgenomics Unit TRISUTRA. At IIT Jodhpur at presents she is the head of Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering and also an affiliate faculty at the School of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. She is presently involved developing Centre of Excellence in Integrative precision health wherein the aim is to develop a Data Science driven framework for population and individual risk stratification and early actionable precision health interventions. One of the subprojects in this initiative is also AYUR-Tech that combines Electronics, Digital health and AI and multi-omics approaches for realizing “Evidence based Ayurveda” solutions in a transdisciplinary framework for implementation of integrative medicine in different clinical settings. Mitali Mukerji is also coordinating a project in the Jodhpur City Knowledge innovation cluster called Thar DESIGNS (Desert Ecosystem Innovation Guided by Nature and Selection) that aims to carry out an Integrated study of the desert ecosystem to propel discoveries, inventions and innovation for addressing health challenges in arid regions. Mitali Mukerji has over 85 publications in International peer-reviewed journals. She has been recipient of a number of national awards, the CSIR Young Scientist’s Award (2001), DBT young woman scientist award (2008) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award (2010), Vasvik Award (2016) and is a fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Sciences. She is also the board member of International Consortium on Human Phenomics. .