Aim of the project

JPF Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences (JPF-HBS) is aimed at delivering curated, scientific information and encourages interactions with field experts to create awareness regarding different aspects of healthcare and engage in biomedical research.

Health Katta:
  • Identify and create awareness regarding the interactions of lifestyle associated factors and human health.

  • Give insights into disease biology and deliver possible lifestyle interventions by interactions with experts.

  • Intent to gain insights into interactions between diseases and lifestyle factors to help people modulate their lifestyles and avoid future health consequences.


Figure 1 Many global and Indian causes of death are associated with top 10 lifestyle disea

We launched our pioneering project under this umbrella, 'Health Katta' aimed at identifying and creating awareness regarding the interactions of lifestyle-associated factors on human health.


Our inaugural (date) Health Katta began with a talk from Dr. Milind Watve shares his insights on the increasing susceptibility towards various emerging diseases due to lifestyle diseases.


Taking Diabetes as an example of a lifestyle disease, Dr. Watve explained the nature of Diabetes and its causes. Furthermore, he highlighted how the individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of facing COVID19 and how small and simple lifestyle interventions like daily exercise can help avert lifestyle diseases.


The session was concluded by Amol Gangji narrating two projects undertaken in Solapur district in Maharashtra state of India to introduce lifestyle interventions for women working as cigarette rolling workers. The first project showed how the application of ‘Pranayama’ has a positive health impact on women's lives. The second project focused on providing an alternative of manufacturing bags to cigarette rolling. These lifestyle changes have been proven to improve their lives.


The session was an intricate blend of scientific logic for lifestyle disease and on field application of how simple lifestyle interventions have changed the lives of women and families for good.

Topic: Act now for healthy tomorrow: Relationship between COVID 19 pandemic and lifestyle diseases.

Dr Watve was Head of the Department of Microbiology at Garware College, Pune then the Professor of Biology at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. Through most of his career he has been teaching and mentoring students. His research interests span a broad range of topics like, evolutionary medicine, diabetes, cancer, evolutionary psychology, wildlife ecology conservation, and theoretical and philosophical aspects of biology.

Date-Saturday, 9th April, 2022

Time -

7:00-8:30pm (IST)/ 9.30-11am (EDT)/

8.30-10am (CST)/ 6.30-8am (PST)/ 2.30-4pm (GMT)

Registration link- google form

Webinar link- YouTube and Facebook live coming soon

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Speaker-Dr Milind Watve
Curiosity driven biomedical research

We are collaborating with on-field doctors in India working in remote areas with underprivileged communities. Our efforts are directed to help understand their health issues and build strategies to deliver healthcare services for their future generations.

Our team

Kshitij Deshmukh

Lead, JPF Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences
Co- lead, JPF Project Based Learning
Member, JPF Analytics

BSc, Microbiology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India
MSc, Cell Biology, University of Manchester, UK

Research interests: Protein biochemistry, tissue specificity in cancer and tumorigenesis.

Hobbies: Reading, playing guitar and music.


Mrunmayee Kulkarni

Co-lead JPF, Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences

Msc Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India
PhD, (CSIR-Junior Research fellow), Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, India

Research interests- developmental biology, cell biology and mitochondrial dynamics.

Hobbies: Reading and singing.


Pallavi Gadgil

Co-lead JPF Healthcare and Biomedical sciences
Co-lead JPF Yuvati Vibhag Abroad

BS-MS, IISER Bhopal, India
PhD, Indiana University, US

Research interests: Cell, molecular and chromosome biology.

Hobbies: Reading, Trekking, Cooking.


Dr. Swapneeta Date

Co-lead JPF Project Planning committee, Member JPF Sahvichar team

Ph.D Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics

Research interests: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Integrative Healthcare, Technology Commercialization.

Hobbies: Science communication, fashion design, CrossFit, Endurance sports, and philanthropic leadership.


Anushka Kalaskar

Team member, JPF Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences

BSc Microbiology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India
Msc Virology, National Institute of Virology (NIV), India

Research interest: Virus-Host interaction and unfolded protein response.

Hobbies: Reading, drawing, badminton.

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