Dr. Chhabra Namrata

Dr. Chhabra Namrata

Professor and Head

Biochemistry, SSR Medical College, Mauritius
5, Loretto convent street, Curepipe, Mauritius, 742CU001

plus Speciality

BIOCHEMISTRY

Biography:

Dr. Namrata Chhabra is a specialist of Biochemistry (M.D.) with a work experience of 28 years. She has worked with Directorate of Research and Medical education India and is currently working in S.S.R. Medical College Mauritius as a Professor and Head Department of Biochemistry. She has to her credit a multitude of research publications, award winning presentations and professional laurels. She is a life member of various professional organizations and is also a faculty, editor, scholarly reviewer and member advisory board of various peer reviewed journals. Her current research is aimed at study of biomarkers for the early prediction of Atherosclerosis, Type 2 diabetes mellitus and cancers. She has carved a niche with her simplified yet thought provoking teaching by virtue of her expertise in teaching field. She is an author of four books and is presently running two personal web sites – “Biochemistry for Medics- lecture notes" http://www.namrata.co/ and

Biochemistry for medics -Clinical cases

http://usmle.biochemistryformedics.com/

Academic positions:

MEDICAL EDUCATION

Academic Qualification                                          M.B.B.S. ; M.D. (Biochemistry)   

 

M.D. (Medical Biochemistry)                               September 01, 1999 to 31st August 2002    

Government Medical College and Hospital,

Amritsar, (Punjab).

Baba Farid University of Health Sciences

Faridkot, Punjab, India

 

M.B.B.S.                                                                      July 1980 to December 1984

Government Medical College and Hospital,

Amritsar, Punjab, India

Guru Nanak Dev University

Amritsar, Punjab, India

 

Internship                                                                January1, 1985 to December 31, 1985

Government Medical College and Hospital

Amritsar, Punjab, India

 

Registration - Registered with Punjab Medical Council, Chandigarh, India. (Reg.No.24075)  

 


WORK EXPERIENCE

28 years (14 years teaching, research and 14 years of clinical experience)

Current Position

  • Professor and Head                                    

Department of Biochemistry

S.S.R.Medical College

University of Mauritius

 

  • Worked as Principal -in -charge at the SSR Medical College, Mauritius, from 12/12/2013 till 10/03/2014 -

A) Teaching Experience                               September 1999 till date- 14 years

  • Professor and Head                                   30 th March 2012- till date

Department of Biochemistry

S.S.R.Medical College

University of Mauritius

  • Additional Professor                                   31st March  2006 till 30 th March 2012

Department of Biochemistry

S.S.R.Medical College

University of Mauritius

 

  • Assistant Professor/Senior Medical Officer (PCMS-1)

                                                                         1st September 2002 till 30th March 2006

Department of Biochemistry

Government Medical College

Amritsar (Punjab, India)

            Baba Farid University of Health Sciences

            Faridkot, Punjab, India

 

  • Resident Biochemistry (M.D.)                 1st September 1999 till 31st August 2002

Department of Biochemistry

Government Medical College,

Amritsar (Punjab, India)

            Baba Farid University of Health Sciences

            Faridkot, Punjab, India

Research interests:

Atherosclerosis, Obesity, Diabetes, Oxidative stress, Alcoholism etc

Any other information:

A) Research accomplishments 

a) Research oriented books - 2 Monographs published

b) Research Publications- 31 publications (original research articles/abstracts and review articles) in different national and international journals (Details in the last section).

c) Poster presentations- 15 Posters in various National and International conferences

d) Best Poster Awards- 3 best poster awards (Details in the last section)

B) Teaching accomplishments

a) Text books of Biochemistry- 2 books published

 1) Chhabra N, Chhabra S - A Case Oriented Approach towards Biochemistry - A Book on Clinical Biochemistry-Jay pee Brothers Medical Publishers, New Delhi, India.

 2) Chhabra N, Ramessur K. Clinical approach to Practical Biochemistry- A book on practical (laboratory based) aspects of biochemistry- Lulu Academic Publisher, USA.

 b) Personally operated Biochemistry websites

1) Biochemistry for Medics- Lecture Notes- A free web site for students of Biochemistry.

http://www.namrata.co/

A free web site for medical students to provide lecture notes, power point presentations, question bank, animations, videos, case studies, practice exercises and practical discussions.

2) Biochemistry for medics- Clinical cases- A free web site for students preparing for USMLE step-1

http://usmle.biochemistryformedics.com/

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

Research Oriented Books

1) Sharma P, Chhabra N, Chhabra S. The implications of Oxidative Stress in Breast Carcinogenesis- A book highlighting the central role of oxidative stress in breast carcinogenesis-Lambert Academic Publishers (LAP); 2013

2) Chhabra N, Ramessur K, Chhabra S- Hyperhomocysteinemia and its implications in Ischemic heart disease: A book highlighting hyperhomocysteinemia as an independent risk factor for IHD: Lambert Academic Publishers (LAP); 2013.


Research Articles


1) Chhabra N, Sodhi K, Kukreja S, Chhabra S, S V, Chhabra S, et al. Central obesity and prevalence of metabolic syndrome in post-menopausal women. WebmedCentral OBESITY 2014; 5(1):WMC004532

2) Manmeet Kaur Gill, Sahiba Kukreja, Namrata Chhabra. Evaluation of Nested Polymerase Chain Reaction for Rapid Diagnosis of Clinically Suspected Tuberculous Pleurisy; DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2013/6255.3577.

3) Sahil Chhabra, Namrata Chhabra, Kuldip S Sodhi, Sahiba Kukreja, Sarah Chhabra and Kavish Ramessur, A comparative study to determine the clinical efficacy of Ramipril versus combination of Ramipril and Telmisartan in reducing microalbuminuria associated with grade 2 hypertension”; Internet journal of medical update.2013 July ; 8(2):50-57.

4) Namrata Chhabra, Lovleena Agarwal, Sahil Chhabra, Sarah Chhabra, Priyanka Sharma, Kavish Ramessur;"Is Oxidative Stress the ultimate risk of the risk factors of Carcinoma Breast"? - A case control study to determine the role of oxidative stress in breast carcinogenesis; 3rd International conference of the International Association of Medical and biomedical researchers; 2013; pg No 36-37.

5) Kavish Ramessur, Namrata Chhabra, Sahil Chhabra, Sarah Chhabra, Kuldip Sodhi, Sahiba Kukreja. "Post menopausal metabolic syndrome and the risk of carcinoma breast"; 3rd International conference of the International Association of Medical and biomedical researchers; 2013; page No 37-38.

6) Gill A, Kukreja S, Malhotra N, Chhabra N (May 2013)Correlation of the Serum Insulin and the Serum Uric Acid Levels with the Glycated Hemoglobin Levels in the Patients of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.10.7860/JCDR/2013/6017.3019.

7) C. Namrata et al, “Zinc Deficiency A Cause or A Consequence of Oxidative Stress” A Case Control Prospective Study in Patients Of Ischemic Heart Disease. Jour of Med Sc & Tech; 2012; 1(2); pp 17-24.

8) Kukreja S, Kaur A, Chhabra N, Kaur M. (September 2012) Relationship between serum uric acid levels and glycaemic control in patients of type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Jour of Med Sc & Tech; 1(3); Page No. 3 - 8.

9) Kukreja S, Kaur A, Chhabra N .Hemoglobin SD disease - A case report, Biochemistry- An Indian Journal. Vol. 6, Issue 7, 2012

10) Chhabra S, Chhabra N, Kukreja S, Ramessur K. “Diabetic Hypouricemia, an indicator of clinical Nephropathy”- A case control study to determine the relationship between serum Uric Acid levels and Glycemic control in patients of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus-International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers. 2012; (34)

11) Chhabra N, Chhabra S, Sodhi K, Ramessur K. Role of Micronutrients - Magnesium and Zinc - in the therapeutics of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus-International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers; 2012; (33).

12) Sharma P, Chhabra N, Tangri N, Kukreja S, Chhabra S , Ramessur K."Oxidative stress - A missing link between conventional risk factors and Carcinogenesis" - A case control study to determine the central role of Oxidative Stress in Breast Carcinogenesis- International Journal of Current Research ;Vol. 4; Issue, 08, pp.001-005, August, 2012.

13) Chhabra N, Kukreja S, Chhabra S, Chhabra S, Ramessur K. Is Zinc Deficiency an Independent Risk Factor in the Causation of Ischemic Heart Disease? A case Control Prospective Study to Estimate Serum Zinc Levels in Patients of Ischemic Heart Disease; WebmedCentral BIOCHEMISTRY 2012; 3(9):WMC003695.

14) Chhabra S, Chhabra S, Ramessur K, Chhabra N. Hypomagnesemia and its implications in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus- A Review Article. WebmedCentral Diabetes 2012; 3(12):WMC003878.

15) Chhabra S, Chhabra S , Ramessur K, Kukreja S, Chhabra N. "Should Hyperhomocysteinemia be ignored?" A case control prospective study to assess the magnitude of risk associated with hyperhomocysteinemia in chronic stable angina and the implications of Folic acid, B6 and B12 therapy. WebmedCentral CARDIOLOGY 2012; 3(12):WMC003879.

16) Sahiba Kukreja, Namrata Chhabra; Is Zinc deficiency a risk factor for atherosclerosis? Proc. AFRR-2009 and 8 th SFRR India meeting, 2009; 0-28.

17) Priyanka Sharma ,Chhabra N, Kaur A , Gupta S; Oxidative stress – A new target for carcinogenesis. Proc. AFRR-2009 and 8 th SFRR India meeting, 2009; O-29.

18) Namrata Chhabra .Endothelial dysfunction--a predictor of atherosclerosis- Internet journal of medical update, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 2009.

19) K.S. Sodhi, Jasmeet Singh, Namrata Chhabra, Sukhraj Kaur, Navjot Kaur: Determination of oxidative stress in chronic smokers by simple biochemical investigations   International Conference on Opportunistic Pathogens in AIDS and Labcon -3; ICOPA-INDIA2006.; (16): 58.

20) K.S. Sodhi, D Singh, Namrata Chhabra, S Kaur, P Sharma :Hypomagnesaemia-A novel risk factor for Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus. International Conference on Opportunistic Pathogens in AIDS and Labcon -3.ICOPA-INDIA, 2006

21) S. Sharma, K.S. Sodhi, S Kaur, Namrata Chhabra: Serum free fatty acids and cholesterol levels in pre-eclampsia. Emerging Trends in Biochemistry.2006. (22): 3.

22) N. Sandhu, S Kaur, Namrata Chhabra, K.S. Sodhi, S. Kukreja: Serum proteins, albumin, globulin and fibrinogen levels in the third trimester of normal pregnant and pre-eclamptic females. Emerging Trends in Biochemistry.2006 (21): 34

23) Sahiba Kukreja, Namrata Chhabra, B.S.Bal, M. Mahajan, A. Kaur, N. Malhotra. Role of Serum Myoglobin Estimation in Diagnosing Acute MI.  Emerging Trends in Biochemistry 2006(20):33

24) Sukhraj Kaur, Namrata Chhabra , B.S. Bal, K.S. Sodhi, Manjit Rai .Prognostic significance of high levels of lipoprotein a and C - reactive protein in acute coronary syndrome”. International Symposia/CME on Atherosclerosis.2005 (18): 72.

25) Namrata Chhabra , K.S. Sodhi, Sukhraj Kaur, B.S. Bal, R.S. Sidhu, Swarnjit, R.S. Sharma. Role of flavonoids in preventive aspect of IHD. International symposium of Atherosclerosis, 2005; (18): 32.

26) B.S.Bal, Namrata Chhabra, Sukhraj kaur, K.S.Sodhi, Co-relation of serum sodium levels with short terms prognosis after ST segment elevation in myocardial infarction” Atherosclerosis, 2005 (18): 732.

27) Navjot Kaur, K.S. Sodhi, N. Chhabra: Serum Magnesium and Calcium levels in Chronic Alcoholism.  32nd Annual Conference of Association of Clinical Biochemists of India. (32): 79.2005.

28) Namrata Chhabra, Mridula Mahajan, B.S.Bal, A.Kaur, Aruna Aggarwal. Effect of folic acid and pyridoxine therapy on plasma homocysteine, lipid profile and serum creatinine levels in cases of Chronic Stable angina; Trends in clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine.2003: 91: 1-766.

29) B.S.Bal, Namrata Chhabra, Mridula Mahajan, A.Kaur. Prospective study of homocysteine levels in ischemic heart disease and its implications regarding folic acid supplementation. Journal of Association of Physicians of India.2002: 50: 149.

30) Namrata Chhabra, M.Mahajan, B.S.Bal, A. Kaur. Effect of folic acid and pyridoxine therapy on plasma homocysteine, lipid profile and serum creatinine levels in cases of Chronic Stable Angina.  9th APCCB and 28 th Annual Conference of ACBI.2002:170.

31) B.S.Bal, Mandeep Singh Bhangu, Namrata Chhabra, Mridula Mahajan, K.S.Batra ; Incidence of raised lipoprotein(a) levels in cases of angina with hyperhomocysteinemia and normal lipid profile.  Indian Heart Journal 2001: 581: 565-590.


Research Talk

Effect of Folic acid, pyridoxine and B-12 Therapy on plasma homocysteine levels in ischemic heart disease and its implications regarding folic acid therapy, presented in 9th Asian Pacific Conference of Clinical Biochemistry held in New Delhi, India. 2002

Poster Presentations

Best poster awards (3 Best poster awards)

1) In symposium of "Diabetes A way Forward" held in SSR Medical College Mauritius conducted by International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers.2012.

2) In Conference of Asian Pacific of Clinical Biochemists held in New Delhi, India. 2002.

3) In Conference of Cardio logical Society of India in Hyderabad, India. 2001.

 Poster Presentations (15) under the following titles


1)  "Post menopausal metabolic syndrome and the risk of carcinoma breast", 3rd International conference of the International Association of Medical and biomedical researchers; 2013.

2) "Is Oxidative Stress the ultimate risk of the risk factors of Carcinoma Breast"? - A case control study to determine the role of oxidative stress in breast carcinogenesis. ", 3rd International conference of the International Association of Medical and biomedical researchers; 2013

3) “Diabetic hypouricemia, an indicator of clinical nephropathy”-A case control study to determine the relationship between serum uric acid levels and glycemic control in patients of type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. 2nd symposium of International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers; 2012. (Best poster award).

4) Role of Magnesium and Zinc, in the therapeutics of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus- A case control study to determine the alterations in serum magnesium and zinc levels in patients of Type 2 diabetes mellitus.  2nd symposium of International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers; 2012

5) Determination of oxidative stress in chronic smokers by simple biochemical investigations in International Conference on Opportunistic Pathogens in AIDS and Labcon -3.ICOPA-INDIA2006.

6) Hypomagnesaemia-A novel risk factor for Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus. International Conference on Opportunistic Pathogens in AIDS and Labcon -3.ICOPA-INDIA, 2006

7) Serum Free fatty acid and cholesterol levels in pre- eclampsia. Symposium on Emerging Trends in Biochemistry.2006

8) Serum Total proteins, albumin, globulin and fibrinogen levels in the third trimester of normal pregnant and pre-eclamptic females. Symposium on Emerging Trends in Biochemistry.2006

9) Role of Serum Myoglobin Estimation in diagnosing Acute Myocardial Infarction. Symposium on Emerging Trends in Biochemistry.2006

10) Role of flavonoids in preventive aspect of IHD. International symposium of Atherosclerosis, 2005

11) Prognostic significance of high levels of  lipoprotein 'a' and C-Reactive protein in acute coronary syndrome” ” xviii th Annual Conference Indian Society for Atherosclerosis Research.2005.

12) Co-relation of serum sodium levels with short terms prognosis after ST segment elevation in myocardial infarction”. xviii th Annual Conference Indian Society for Atherosclerosis Research.2005.

13) Serum Magnesium and Calcium levels in Chronic Alcoholism. 32nd Annual Conference of Association of Clinical Biochemists of India 2005

14) Effect of Folic acid and pyridoxine therapy on plasma homocysteine levels in ischemic heart disease and its implications regarding folic acid therapy in Conference of Asian Pacific of Clinical Biochemists held in New Delhi. 2002. (Best poster award).

15) ‘Incidence of raised lipoprotein ‘a’ in cases of angina having hyperhomocysteinemia and normal lipid profile’ in Conference of Cardio logical Society of India in Hyderabad in year 2001. (Best poster award).

MEMBERSHIPS OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Life Member Association of clinical Biochemists of India
  • Life Member IFCC (International Federation of Clinical Chemists)
  • Life Member Research Society for the study of Diabetes in India
  • Life Member Indian Society for Atherosclerosis Research in India
  • Life Member International Society for Atherosclerosis Research
  • Life Member International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers Mauritius

 

 PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCES

  • “Quality of life and cognitive integrity in Diabetes", International workshop, held at                Apollo Bramwell Hospital, Mauritius on February 03-04, 2014.
    • "Cancer- Present and future perspective", 3rd International conference of the International Association of Medical and biomedical researchers held in S.S.R. Medical College Mauritius, 16-18/09/13.
    • Symposium on "Diabetes- A way forward" held in S.S.R. Medical College Mauritius conducted by International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers , 17- 18.09.12.
    •   Symposium on Microbial Resistance to Antibiotics held in S.S.R. Medical College Mauritius conducted by International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers on 18.09.11.
    • 7th International Conference of the Society for Free Radical Research-Africa, held  in University of Mauritius 2008, Mauritius.
    • 2nd AMCAA-AMDAANA International Convention CME-2006 Held at Govt. Medical   College, Amritsar, Punjab, India.
    • Symposium on Emerging Trends in Biochemistry organized by Department of Biochemistry, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India.
    • Xviii th Annual Conference Indian Society for Atherosclerosis Research held at          

             Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi 2005, India

  • 1st Sir Ganga Ram Indo-Pak Diabetes Conference held at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

            New Delhi 2005, India

  • 4th BI-ENNIAL CONFERENCE of Indian Association for Medical Informatics

            Held at Sri Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, 2005

  • INDO-AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION-CME-2005 held in Government Medical College , Amritsar.2005
  • 9th Asian –Pacific Congress of Clinical Biochemistry held in New Delhi, March 2002.


 


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