Dr Amita Bansal PhD

BSc (first class honours), PhD
Research Fellow, Lecturer
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 61256789

Areas of expertise

  • Cell Metabolism 060104
  • Physiology 0606
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 050204
  • Epigenetics (Incl. Genome Methylation And Epigenomics) 060404
  • Foetal Development And Medicine 111401

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


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.

Available student projects

Please email Dr Bansal directly to discuss potential Honours, Higher Degree by Research (Masters/PhD), and Medical School Research projects. Email: amita.bansal@anu.edu.au 

Current student projects

  • 3D genome and diabetes
  • Environmental exposures and epigenetics
  • Bushfires, COVID19 and maternal and child health

For additional details go to: https://www.bansalmed.com/

Past student projects

Effects of sub-optimal developmental environmental exposures on metabolic health (multigenerational and transgenerational effects)



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  16 July 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers