Scientist ‘F’ 
Clinical Division


Email:  dr.bharatikulkarni@gmail.com
Email:   bharatikulkarni@ninindia.org
Contact:  +91-40-27197256

Brief Profile

Dr Bharati Kulkarni obtained her medical degree with specialization in Pediatrics from University of Pune in 1994. She was awarded Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship in 2007 and completed her Master of Public Health (with concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. She gained PhD (Faculty of Health) from Queensland University of Technology, Australia in 2014. Her research encompasses various aspects of public health nutrition including maternal and child nutrition, developmental origins of health and disease, body composition as well as nutritional aspects of bone health. Her studies on bone health and body composition of various population groups have highlighted the central role of muscle mass for improvement of bone health and prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes. In addition, her research has emphasized the importance of local foods in management of severe acute malnutrition in children. She has also led a large study exploring the linkages between agriculture and nutrition. She is an investigator of an international collaborative study which examines the association of early life nutrition supplementation with later chronic diseases in a long term follow up of a cohort, Andhra Pradesh Children and Parents Study (APCAPS).

Total publications : 50 ; List of Publications : 50
  1. Yamanashi H, Kulkarni B, Edwards T, Kinra S, Koyamatsu J, Nagayoshi M, et al. Association between atherosclerosis and handgrip strength in non‐hypertensive populations in India and Japan. Geriatrics & gerontology international. 2018.
  2. Sinha A, Kulkarni B, Mithra P, Mahajan P, Upadhyay R, kumar Nair S, et al. Research Priorities in the field of Anaemia in India. Indian Journal of Community Health. 2018;30(Supp):115-8.
  3. Rao S, Thomas T, Swaminathan S, Varghese JS, Kurpad AV, Mondal A, et al. Current Practice of Iron doses for Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anaemia-A Review. Indian Journal of Community Health. 2018;30(Supp):31-8.
  4. Pomeroy E, Mushrif‐Tripathy V, Wells JC, Kulkarni B, Kinra S, Stock JT. Stature estimation equations for South Asian skeletons based on DXA scans of contemporary adults. American journal of physical anthropology. 2018.
  5. Mondal A, Thomas T, Swaminathan S, Rao S, Varghese JS, Kulkarni B, et al. Guidelines for iron supplementation for Prophylaxis of Anemia in a National Programme-A Review. Indian Journal of Community Health. 2018;30(Supp):09-30.
  6. Oakley L, Baker CP, Addanki S, Gupta V, Walia GK, Aggarwal A, et al. Is increasing urbanicity associated with changes in breastfeeding duration in rural India? An analysis of cross-sectional household data from the Andhra Pradesh children and parents study. BMJ open. 2017;7(9):e016331.
  7. Matsuzaki M, Kulkarni B, Kuper H, Wells JC, Ploubidis GB, Prabhakaran P, et al. Association of Hip Bone Mineral Density and Body Composition in a Rural Indian Population: The Andhra Pradesh Children and Parents Study (APCAPS). PloS one. 2017;12(1):e0167114.
  8. Bhan N, Madhira P, Muralidharan A, Kulkarni B, Murthy G, Basu S, et al. Health needs, access to healthcare, and perceptions of ageing in an urbanizing community in India: a qualitative study. BMC geriatrics. 2017;17(1):156.
  9. Thakur HS, Gottapu GS, Kadali SP, Kulkarni B, Mamidi RS. Effect of nutrition supplementation in children living with HIV at ART Centre. The Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 2016;83(3):232-7.
  10. Kulkarni B. Management of Moderate and Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children. Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy. 2016;82(5):1519-28.
  11. Jones AD, Hayter AK, Baker CP, Prabhakaran P, Gupta V, Kulkarni B, et al. The co-occurrence of anemia and cardiometabolic disease risk demonstrates sex-specific sociodemographic patterning in an urbanizing rural region of southern India. European journal of clinical nutrition. 2016;70(3):364.
  12. Viljakainen HT, Ben-Shlomo Y, Kinra S, Ebrahim S, Kuper H, Radhakrishna K, et al. Urban-Rural Differences in Bone Mineral Density. PloS one. 2015.
  13. Viljakainen HT, Ben-Shlomo Y, Kinra S, Ebrahim S, Kuper H, Radhakrishna K, et al. Urban-Rural Differences in Bone Mineral Density: A Cross Sectional Analysis Based on the Hyderabad Indian Migration Study. PloS one. 2015;10(10):e0140787.
  14. Matsuzaki M, Sullivan R, Ekelund U, Krishna KR, Kulkarni B, Collier T, et al. Development and evaluation of the Andhra Pradesh Children and Parent Study Physical Activity Questionnaire (APCAPS-PAQ): a cross-sectional study. BMC public health. 2015;16(1):48.
  15. Matsuzaki M, Pant R, Kulkarni B, Kinra S. Comparison of bone mineral density between urban and rural areas: systematic review and meta-analysis. PloS one. 2015;10(7):e0132239.
  16. Matsuzaki M, Kuper H, Kulkarni B, Ploubidis GB, Wells JC, Radhakrishna KV, et al. Adolescent undernutrition and early adulthood bone mass in an urbanizing rural community in India. Archives of osteoporosis. 2015;10(1):29.
  17. Kulkarni B, Kuper H, Kinra S, Charyulu MS, Ben-Shlomo Y, Smith GD, et al. Relationship of vitamin D status with muscle mass and muscle strength in young Indian adults–evidence from Andhra Pradesh children and parents study cohort. Eur J Nutr Food Saf. 2015;5(5):918-9.
  18. Bowen L, Taylor AE, Sullivan R, Ebrahim S, Kinra S, Krishna KR, et al. Associations between diet, physical activity and body fat distribution: a cross sectional study in an Indian population. BMC public health. 2015;15(1):281.
  19. Baker CP, Kulkarni B, Radhakrishna K, Charyulu M, Gregson J, Matsuzaki M, et al. Is the association between vitamin d and cardiovascular disease risk confounded by obesity? Evidence from the Andhra Pradesh Children and Parents Study (APCAPS). PloS one. 2015;10(6):e0129468.
  20. Matsuzaki M, Kuper H, Kulkarni B, Radhakrishna K, Viljakainen H, Taylor AE, et al. Life-course determinants of bone mass in young adults from a transitional rural community in India: the Andhra Pradesh Children and Parents Study (APCAPS)–. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 2014;99(6):1450-9.
  21. Kuper H, Taylor A, Krishna KVR, Ben-Shlomo Y, Gupta R, Kulkarni B, et al. Is vulnerability to cardiometabolic disease in Indians mediated by abdominal adiposity or higher body adiposity. BMC public health. 2014;14(1):1239.
  22. Kulkarni B, Mamidi R, Balakrishna N, Radhakrishna K. Body composition assessment in infancy and early childhood: comparison of anthropometry with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in low-income group children from India. European journal of clinical nutrition. 2014;68(6):658.
  23. Kulkarni B, Kuper H, Taylor A, Wells JC, Radhakrishna K, Kinra S, et al. Assessment of body composition in Indian adults: comparison between dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and isotope dilution technique. British Journal of Nutrition. 2014;112(7):1147-53.
  24. Kulkarni B, Kuper H, Radhakrishna K, Hills AP, Byrne NM, Taylor A, et al. The association of early life supplemental nutrition with lean body mass and grip strength in adulthood: evidence from APCAPS. American journal of epidemiology. 2014;179(6):700-9.
  25. Kulkarni B, Hills AP, Byrne NM. Nutritional influences over the life course on lean body mass of individuals in developing countries. Nutrition reviews. 2014;72(3):190-204.
  26. Kinra S, Johnson M, Kulkarni B, Sarma KR, Ben-Shlomo Y, Smith GD. Socio-economic position and cardiovascular risk in rural indian adolescents: evidence from the Andhra Pradesh children and parents study (APCAPS). public health. 2014;128(9):852-9.
  27. Kulkarni B, Kuper H, Taylor A, Wells JC, Radhakrishna K, Kinra S, et al. Development and validation of anthropometric prediction equations for estimation of lean body mass and appendicular lean soft tissue in Indian men and women. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2013;115(8):1156-62.
  28. Koletzko B, Bhutta ZA, Cai W, Cruchet S, El Guindi M, Fuchs GJ, et al. Compositional requirements of follow-up formula for use in infancy: recommendations of an international expert group coordinated by the Early Nutrition Academy. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2013;62(1):44-54.
  29. Kinra S, Radha Krishna K, Kuper H, Rameshwar Sarma K, Prabhakaran P, Gupta V, et al. Cohort profile: Andhra Pradesh children and parents study (APCAPS). International journal of epidemiology. 2013;43(5):1417-24.
  30. Taylor AE, Kuper H, Varma RD, Wells JC, Bell JD, Radhakrishna K, et al. Validation of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry measures of abdominal fat by comparison with magnetic resonance imaging in an Indian population. PloS one. 2012;7(12):e51042.
  31. Taylor A, Kuper H, Wells J, Radhakrishna K, Kinra S, Timpson N, et al. P2-303 Development of predictive equations for DXA measures of adiposity in an Indian population. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 2011;65(Suppl 1):A306-A.
  32. Ray S, Kulkarni B, Sreenivas A. Prevalence of prehypertension in young military adults & its association with overweight & dyslipidaemia. The Indian journal of medical research. 2011;134(2):162.
  33. Mamidi RS, Kulkarni B, Singh A. Secular trends in height in different states of India in relation to socioeconomic characteristics and dietary intakes. Food and Nutrition Bulletin. 2011;32(1):23-34.
  34. Mamidi RS, Kulkarni B, Radhakrishna KV. Hospital-based nutrition rehabilitation of children with severe acute malnutrition-experiences from a nutrition centre in India. Nutritional Therapy & Metabolism. 2011;29(3).
  35. Kuper H, Kinra S, Radhakrishna K, Taylor A, Kulkarni B, Ben-Shlomo Y, et al. P2-436 Rural-urban migration in relation to DXA measures of adiposity in India. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 2011;65(Suppl 1):A342-A.
  36. Kulkarni B, Shatrugna V, Nagalla B, Rani KU. Regional body composition changes during lactation in Indian women from the low-income group and their relationship to the growth of their infants. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2011;30(1):57-62.
  37. Kinra S, Kuper H, Krishna K, Taylor A, Kulkarni B, Ben-Shlomo Y, et al. P2-433 Nutritional supplementation in early life and future risk of obesity: long-term follow-up of the Hyderabad nutrition trial. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 2011;65(Suppl 1):A341-A.
  38. Radhakrishna KV, Kulkarni B, Balakrishna N, Rajkumar H, Omkar C, Shatrugna V. Composition of weight gain during nutrition rehabilitation of severely under nourished children in a hospital based study from India. Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition. 2010;19(1):8-13.
  39. Mamidi RS, Kulkarni B, Radhakrishna K, Shatrugna V. Hospital based nutrition rehabilitation of severely undernourished children using energy dense local foods. Indian pediatrics. 2010;47(8):687-93.
  40. Kulkarni B, Shatrugna V, Nagalla B, Rani KU. Regional body composition of Indian women from a low-income group and its association with anthropometric indices and reproductive events. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2010;56(3):182-9.
  41. Kulkarni B, Christian P, LeClerq SC, Khatry SK. Determinants of compliance to antenatal micronutrient supplementation and women’s perceptions of supplement use in rural Nepal. Public health nutrition. 2010;13(1):82-90.
  42. Reddy GA, Kulkarni B, Shatrugna V, Reddy PTR, Nagalla B, Kumar PA, et al. Bone mass of overweight affluent Indian youth and its sex-specific association with body composition. Archives of osteoporosis. 2009;4(1-2):31-9.
  43. Kulkarni B, Shatrugna V, Nagalla B, Kumar PA, Rani KU, Omkar AC. Maternal weight and lean body mass may influence the lactation-related bone changes in young undernourished Indian women. British journal of nutrition. 2009;101(10):1527-33.
  44. Kulkarni B, Shatrugna V, Nagalla B. anthropometric Correlates Of Regional Body Composition In Under-nourished Indian Women: dp21-03. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2009;55:163.
  45. Shatrugna V, Kulkarni B, Kumar PA, Balakrishna N, Rani KU, Reddy GC, et al. Relationship between women's occupational work and bone health: a study from India. British journal of nutrition. 2008;99(6):1310-5.
Total number of books and book chapters : 04 ; Total number of books and book chapters in the LAST 10 YEARS : 02
  1. Management of moderate and severe acute malnutrition in children; Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, 2016
  2. Nutrition in Pregnancy and Lactation; Textbook of Human Nutrition, revised in 2015
Awards and Honours
  1. Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Fellowship
  2. Global Health Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA