Dr Amita Bansal

Research Fellow, Lecturer
College of Health and Medicine

Dr Amita Bansal is an academic scientist/lecturer/passionate science advocate. Dr Bansal graduated with a BSc (first class honours) in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland (2009). Following which she completed her PhD training in Biomedicine from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2014), and Postdoctoral fellowship in transgenerational inheritance and islet biology from the University of Pennsylvania, USA (2019). She is actively involved in peer review roles for journals such as Diabetologia, Endocrinology and Scientific Reports, and is appointed as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Guest Editor of Frontiers in Endocrinology and Frontiers Genetics, Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Journal of Endocrine Society, and Frontiers in Reproductive Health. She is the Chair of the ECR committee in the Council of the International Society of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), and Publication Core Committee Member of the International Endocrine Society. She has won multiple national and international awards (few listed below).

 

Honors and Awards

2022-Current TRANSFORM Fellowship, College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia. 

2020-Current University House ECA Fellowship, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia. 

13 Jun 2018 Bayard T. Storey Award for Excellence in Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 

10 May 2018 Endocrine Society Research Hill Day, Science Advocacy, Washington, DC, USA.

23 Jan 2018 Future Research Leaders Program, JDRF Australia.

22 Dec 2017 ENDO 2018 Outstanding Abstract Award, Endocrine Society, USA.

15 Dec 2017 Early Career Forum Award, Endocrine Society, USA.

25 Sep 2017 Best Trainee Award, United States Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (US DOHaD) Society, USA.

31 Mar 2016 Best Trainee Author in Endocrinology, Endocrine Society, USA.

2010-2014 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

31 Oct 2012 Student Leadership Award, The Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

26 Nov 2009 Intercytex Prize Winner for Best Honours’ Thesis, University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Research interests

Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), Diabetes (type 1 and type 2), Islet Biology, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Chemicals, Preterm Birth, Intrauterine Programming, Developmental Biology

  • Rashid, C, Bansal PhD, A, Mesaros, C et al. 2020, 'Paternal bisphenol A exposure in mice impairs glucose tolerance in female offspring', Food and Chemical Toxicology, vol. 145, pp. 1-8.
  • Oliver, M, Bloomfield, F, Bansal PhD, A et al. 2020, 'Effects of maternal periconception undernutrition on ovine fetal and adult offspring glucose-insulin axis', Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, vol. Online, pp. 1-7.
  • Elshenawy, S, Pinney, S, Stuart, T et al. 2020, 'The Metabolomic Signature of the Placenta in Spontaneous Preterm Birth', International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 1-20.
  • Bansal PhD, A & Morrison, J 2020, 'The Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (JDOHaD) celebrates the contribution of Women in DOHaD on International Women's Day, Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.
  • Bansal PhD, A, Li, C, Xin, F et al. 2019, 'Erratum: Transgenerational effects of maternal bisphenol A exposure on offspring metabolic health (Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (2018) DOI: 10.1017/S2040174418000764)', Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, vol. 10, no. 138, pp. 1-1.
  • Bansal PhD, A, Li, C, Xin, F et al. 2019, 'Transgenerational effects of maternal bisphenol A exposure on offspring metabolic health', Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 164-175.
  • Rashid, C, Bansal PhD, A & Simmons, R 2018, 'Oxidative stress, intrauterine growth restriction, and developmental programming of type 2 diabetes', Physiology, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 348-359.
  • Rashid, C, Lien, Y, Bansal PhD, A et al. 2018, 'Transcriptomic analysis reveals novel mechanisms mediating islet dysfunction in the intrauterine growth-restricted rat', Endocrinology, vol. 159, no. 2, pp. 1035-1049.
  • Bansal PhD, A, Henao-Mejia, J & Simmons, R 2018, 'Immune system: An emerging player in mediating effects of endocrine disruptors on metabolic health', Endocrinology, vol. 159, no. 1, pp. 32-45.
  • Bansal PhD, A & Simmons, R 2018, 'Epigenetics and developmental origins of diabetes: Correlation or causation?', American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol. 315, no. 1, pp. 15-28.
  • Xin, F, Fischer, E, Krapp, C et al. 2018, 'Mice exposed to bisphenol A exhibit depressive-like behavior with neurotransmitter and neuroactive steroid dysfunction', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 102, pp. 93-104.
  • Bansal PhD, A & Pinney, S 2017, 'DNA methylation and its role in the pathogenesis of diabetes', Pediatric Diabetes, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 167-177.
  • Bansal PhD, A, Rashid, C, Xin, F et al. 2017, 'Sex- and dose-specific effects of maternal bisphenol A exposure on pancreatic islets of first- and second-generation adult mice offspring', Environmental Health Perspectives, vol. 125, no. 9, pp. 1-18.
  • Susiarjo, M, Xin, F, Bansal PhD, A et al. 2015, 'Bisphenol A exposure disrupts metabolic health across multiple generations in the mouse', Endocrinology, vol. 156, no. 6, pp. 2049-2058.
  • Bansal PhD, A, Bloomfield, F, Connor, K et al. 2015, 'Glucocorticoid-induced preterm birth and neonatal hyperglycemia alter ovine beta-cell development', Endocrinology, vol. 156, no. 10, pp. 3763-3776.