Kusum Kharbanda is currently a Staff Scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Nebraska Western Iowa HCS Medicine Department and an Associate Professor in internal medicine, Division of Gastroenterology-Hepatology at the University Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Kharbanda obtained her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, India and was appointed Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and as a staff biologist at Omaha VA in 1999. Dr. Kharbanda has published extensively in the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver injury and prevention by betaine treatment. Her principal research interest is to determine how alcohol-induced alterations in methionine metabolic pathways results in the development of liver injury. In particular, she is interested in consequent methylation defects that lead to the development of alcoholic steatosis, apoptosis and the accumulation of altered proteins—hallmark features of alcoholic liver injury. She is also evaluating the efficacy of betaine and betaine analogs and esters in preventing and treating liver injury of various etiologies including alcohol and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. She has 54 peer-reviewed publications and has grant funding from VA Merit review funds and NIAAA.
Biography Updated on 6 December 2010