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Vasantha Padmanabhan
Regents' Proceedings

Vasantha Padmanabhan, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and professor of molecular and integrative physiology in the Medical School and professor of environmental health sciences in School of Public Health, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 2019.

Professor Padmanabhan received her B.A. (1964) degree from the University of Mysore, her M.S. (1966) degree from the University of Bangalore, and her Ph.D. (1971) degree from the Indian Institute of Science. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at The Ohio State University and Michigan State University. Professor Padmanabhan joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant research scientist in 1985, and was promoted to associate research scientist in 1989, research scientist in 1995, and senior research scientist in 1997. She was appointed professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases in 2002, professor of obstetrics and gynecology in 2003, professor of molecular and integrative physiology in 2003, and professor of environmental health sciences in 2011.

Professor Padmanabhan's distinguished scientific career focused on the physiology and pathophysiology of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and metabolic systems. Her research examining the developmental programming of the reproductive and metabolic axes and their disruption by androgen exposure and environmental toxicants with specific focus on polycystic ovary syndrome, a major infertility disorder affecting reproductive-aged women, has been groundbreaking in advancing our understanding of the origins of reproductive and metabolic disorders and identifying prevention and treatment targets for clinical translation. She published 188 peer-reviewed articles in the leading journals, authored a number of book chapters, served on many NIH study groups, and presented at numerous national and international symposia. For more than 30 years, Professor Padmanabhan has been an instrumental member of the university community through her scholarship, service, and commitment to mentoring the next generation of scientists. She was inducted in the Medical School's League of Research Excellence in 2011.

The Regents now salute this distinguished researcher, scholar, and teacher by naming Vasantha Padmanabhan, professor emerita of pediatrics and professor emerita of environmental health sciences.