I have always had a keen interest in medical science and health which led me to pursuing a degree in Biochemistry, followed by a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine. I have spent over a decade in academic research at Oxford University, looking at how the immune system and inflammation affects the progression of heart disease, aneurysm formation, hypertension and heart failure. In addition to my research, I have been involved in public engagement and science communication with the British Heart Foundation, and supporting the educational activities of the European Society of Cardiology.
My personal connection to health and fitness stemmed from an early age, since I was born with a congenital heart defect, but also being of South Asian origin, I’ve seen many young members of my family who have lost their lives as a consequence of heart disease. My passion for physical activity and having my own fitness goals, developed after losing my mother to cancer when I realised the benefits of exercise on my mental wellbeing. In combination, with my research this has given me a lifelong ambition and drive towards improving healthcare. Whilst my research was ultimately aiming to identify new drug targets to treat heart disease, I wanted to do something more fulfilling and directly engaging.
I decided to take the leap in 2019 and take on a personal training qualification to use alongside my background in Cardiovascular Science to help the South Asian Community. I am committed to educating myself and others on health, fitness and wellbeing and passionate about promoting evidence-based knowledge in the field, which brought me to the Lean Indian Academy. Working in a multidisciplinary team which shares the same values as me to educate, encourage and empower our members to achieve their lifelong health and fitness goals is really important to me. By providing the tools and coaching for our members to educate themselves, will lead to a healthy lifestyle for the foreseeable future of their families and the wider community.