Who is Dr. Rustgi?
Dr. Sachin Rustgi is an assistant professor of molecular breeding with the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University, and adjunct assistant professor of barley genetics with the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University, Pullman. He holds a master’s degree in Botany from M.J.P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly and a Ph.D. degree in Crop Biotechnology from C.C.S. University, Meerut. Dr. Rustgi’s research largely focuses on the improvement of nutritional value in the small grain cereals and legumes especially by elimination or detoxification of antinutritional elements and enhancement of health-promoting factors. In order to achieve these objectives, he has developed a multidisciplinary team of experts across different Colleges of Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and Greenville Health System. His research has resulted in a number of high impact publications in internationally recognized journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the Plant Journal, the Journal of Experimental Botany, Plant Molecular Biology, Heredity, PLoS One, and Nutrients to name a few. In addition, Dr. Rustgi authored two monographic books on his research. In view of his academic contributions he was awarded with the 2014 Faculty Excellence in Research Award of the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and invited to join as a member of the Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group on Wheat Quality for Processing and Health, and the American Society for Nutrition.
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How Dr. Rustgi’s research is transforming health care
Prolamins dubbed as gluten are one of the major food constituents that elicit a variety of pathological reaction in more than 21 million individuals in the United States alone. The only effective therapy to control the syndrome of symptoms induced by gluten proteins in the strict adherence to abstinent diet, which is often difficult to follow. His research demonstrated that it is possible to eliminate or detoxify the cause of these disorders, which is a major step forward in the direction of developing a general dietary therapy for the ‘gluten syndrome’. Wheat genotypes devoid of immunogenic prolamins and enriched for proteins with balanced amino acid profiles will serve as the first prophylactic dietary therapy for the gluten syndrome. Collectively this research is expected to have a major impact on the lives of millions of individuals globally suffering from the gluten-induced disorders, as it will allow them to readapt to the more balanced wheat-based diet like any other healthy individual.
News and media related to Dr. Rustgi’s research
- The Washington State Magazine- “Let Everyone Eat Bread”
- Capital Press – “Researchers developing herbicide-tolerant barley”
- Washington State University News – “Researchers explain mystery of cereal grain defense”
- Capital Press- “Researchers find barley ‘defense’ genes”
- Capital Press – “Gluten-free wheat in sight, researchers say”
Health Research Expertise Keywords
Celiac Disease; Peanut Allergy; Soybean Allergy; Gluten Allergy; Aflatoxicosis