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Sonia Bhonchal Bhardwaj

Panjab University

Dr. Sonia Bhonchal Bhardwaj is a member of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiology (IAMM) and Gastrointestinal Infection Society of India (GISI) and has received grants from the Department of Science and Technology (India) for her research.


Leptin Microbe Vaccine Leptin Receptor Hormone Adipose Cell Obesity Metabolic Syndrome Gut Receptor Alteration Type 2 Diabetes Cardiovascular Disease

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The importance of leptin – a hormone made by adipocytes and enterocytes – in regulating energy balance cannot be undervalued. Leptin deficiency is related to obesity, metabolic disorders, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. It is also linked with an altered gut microbiome and increased susceptibility to intestinal pathogens. The signaling role in intestinal epithelium in defense against intestinal pathogens suggests that leptin could be possibly used as an adjuvant tool in vaccines to promote gut immunity.

This book intends to provide newer advancements in the research of leptin’s role in intestinal dysbiosis and possible use as a vaccine candidate to protect from intestinal dysbiosis which is the cause of various diseases and conditions. The book is an attempt to understand leptin through evidence-based developments in this critically important area of human health, and it is imagined as a valuable guide for researchers and clinicians interested in intestinal immunity.

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Date completed: May 4th 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: July 31st 2021

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Review results due: October 19th 2021

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Expected publication date: December 18th 2021

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Sonia Bhonchal Bhardwaj

Panjab University

Dr. Sonia Bhonchal Bhardwaj is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Microbiology, Dr. Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, Chandigarh. She graduated with honors in Microbiology and received her PhD from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. She has published nineteen international publications and three book chapters. She received grants from the Department of Science and Technology (India) and worked on biofilm formation by Enterococcus faecalis in periodontitis, Streptococcus mutans, and phage therapy.

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