Contact Details

Phone: 01244781400
Dr Shweta Khandelwal
Head, Nutrition Research and Additional Professor

Dr Shweta Khandelwal is Head, Nutrition Research at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Delhi. She has been India Alliance fellow for the past 5 years where she studied the impact of supplementing pregnant women with long chain omega 3 fatty acids on the offspring neurodevelopment in Belgaum, Karnataka, India. She is a trained and experienced public health nutrition researcher working in the maternal child health and nutrition space in India for the last 15 years. Shweta teaches nutrition epidemiology especially in relation to the rising overweight-obesity, diet related non-communicable diseases and their risk factors among the Indian population. She has served on expert panels constituted by FSSAI and MoHFW including oils and fats, sustainable healthy diets and combating high fat, sugar and salt in Indian population etc. Shweta is the lead for capacity building initiatives in Public Health Nutrition at PHFI. In addition to more than 60 peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals, she has contributed to more than 100 media pieces including 35 op-eds in leading international and national print and online platforms. Shweta has also won several prestigious awards, fellowships and grants in the area of nutrition and chronic diseases.

Professional Affiliations

2020 Associate Editor, BMC Nutrition
2020-21 Member, Technical Working Group on Curriculum Enrichment: Co-designing a 21st century Training of Trainers programme for lecturers, Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy
2020 UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab member
2020 Member of the SERB Taskforce on COVID 19 (for short-term Core Research Grant (CRG) and Intensification of Research in High Priority Areas (IRHPA-COVID-19))
2020 Member, Expert group on NCDs policy group for CNNS, constituted by the MoHFW, GOI
2020 Fellow, International Seminar 2020 (17-24 Aug 2020)
2020 Amity Excellence Award for Best Woman Faculty in the area of Public Health Management
2019-20 Exceptional Fellow’s fund by India Alliance, India (awarded but declined)
2018-21 Subject Expert, Nutrition and Dietetics, Board of Studies, SVT College of Home Science, SNDT University, Mumbai
2018 Member, Expert panel on Oils and Fats, FSSAI
2018 Member, Maternal Nutrition advisory group, Maternal Health Dept MoHFW
2018 Member, Task Force on Identifying Cost Effective Interventions for addressing leading causes of DALYs
2018 Member, Expert group- Impact of taxation on SSB prices and consumption in India
2018 Member, Task Force on “Balanced and Healthy Diets” under Implementation Framework for National Health Policy
2017 Member, Expert group on reducing high fat, sugar and salt foods (HFSS) by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), GoI
2015 Member, Expert Group on the Salt, Sugar and Fats panel constituted by FSSAI, MoHFW, GoI
2015 Awarded the Early Career Fellowship by the Wellcome DBT Alliance for 5 years
2014 Awarded the Career Development Research Fellowship (PHFI-Wellcome Trust, UK) for 2 years
2014 Emerging Leader (first cohort) for tackling with NCDs selected by the World Heart Federation (WHF)
2014 “Significant Contribution Award” in the field of Diet and Nutrition by the International Conference on Multi-disciplinary Healthcare (, organized by the Neurosciences Dept, AIIMS (from 9-14th Jan 2014)
2013 Steering Committee member of the Young Professionals- Chronic Disease Network (yp-CDN)group- Portfolio: Curricula reform/trainings
2012 Steering Committee member of the Young Professionals- Chronic Disease Network (yp- CDN) group- Portfolio: Curricula reform/trainings
2011 First prize for oral presentation of my doctoral thesis abstract at the University of Delhi, Golden Jubilee conference
2010-12 D43 Post-doctoral fellowship (funded by the NIH)
2009 Young Scientist (Jr) Award recipient in Experimental Nutrition at the 41st National Conference of the Nutrition Society of India held at the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad on 20-21November.

Center Affiliations
  • PHFI
Research Summary and Interests

Public heath nutrition, capacity building, chronic diseases, nutrition epidemiology, integrated solutions for public health

Areas of Expertise
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Non-Communicable Diseases(NCDs) and Injuries
  • Health Promotion
  • Global Health
  • Clinical Trials
  • Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research
Other Areas of Expertise
  • Technical Advisor