Nitish Mahapatra

Nitish Mahapatra PhD, FNASc, FAHA


Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras

Field of Expertise
IIT Madras

Dr. Nitish R. Mahapatra is a Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras.
The broad area of his research is cardiovascular /metabolic disease pathogenesis. Studies from his laboratory identified several human genetic variants that significantly enhance the risk for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Their studies also revealed molecular mechanisms (at the transcriptional, post-transcriptional and post-translational levels) underlying the increased disease risk in the carriers of the identified genetic variations.
He has published >60 research articles in reputed international journals including Journal of Clinical Investigation, Hypertension, Human Molecular Genetics, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Cell Science and Cardiovascular Research.
He has received a number of awards/honours for his scientific contributions:
  • Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship
  • Torrent Research Award from the International Society for Heart Research
  • C. R. Krishna Murti Award from the Society of Biological Chemists (India)
  • JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Invitational Fellowship
  • Elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India
  • Elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association