Dr. Dipanjana Datta is a molecular geneticist and has 10 years of experience in the field of human genetics. Dr. Datta completed her PhD from Indian Institute of Chemical Biology. Further, Dr. Data was a post-doctoral fellow from Virginia Common Wealth University (VCU).
Field/Specialization: Population Genetics, Complex genetic disease and Cancer, Host Pathogen interaction, Infertility genetics
She has published in numerous international journals of repute like PNAS, Journal of Neurology, Plos One, International Journal of Gastroenterology, etc. Her research encompasses:
She is the member of various esteemed genetic associations like:
She is also is a member with Indian genome variation Consortium.
She is actively involved in meeting couples with couples affected with genetic disorders or who are at the risk of having a baby with an inherited disorder. She counsels individuals and their families about diseases or problems they harbor but also the consequences of testing and the potential for therapeutic intervention, also enumerates the risks to other family members both in present and future generations.
In a nutshell this is what she discusses and helps people and health care professionals take informed decisions.
Which part of your work are you passionate about?
Diseases can be prevented and/ managed. There is a lot of such information unavailable to many people who are fighting such an issue on their own without proper networks to reach out to.
To provide an information to them, connect them to people who can help them and to let them realize that they are not alone brings a lot of strength in these people who are already fighting this battle. It’s like you provide these people with that hope where they on most occasions find a chance to live better and happier.
What do you find the most full filling aspect of work?
To be a part of their fight, to be able to address their concerns and provide them with a ray of hope and sometimes even put a smile on their face when they thought all doors were closed through information and assessment and network is something that makes me feel.
What is the most important or significant aspect of the role/ part that you are playing in patient’s treatment process?
In addition to explaining individuals and their families information about diseases or problems they harbor I also inform them about the consequences of testing and the potential for therapeutic intervention, also enumerate the risks to other family members both in present and future generations. My counseling helps patients to make an informed decisions.
Individuals who have any of these issues should seek for counseling.
There is a lot to be afraid about and internet can provide you with lot of information which might not be relevant for you. Do be alert and see an expert. Disease can be managed, or prevented if you are aware enough.