Dr. Supriya Bhalerao


Date of Birth: 09-07-1972

Qualification: MD, PhD (Ayurveda), PG Diploma in Bioethics

Designation: Associate Professor, Obesity Research Lab


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Phone: 020-24369920 (ext. 201)

Research experience:

  • Associate Professor, Interactive Research School for Health Affairs (IRSHA), Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune, India (July 2013 – till date)
  • Senior Research Officer, Sharadini Dahanukar Advanced Centre for Ayurveda Research, Training & Services (SD-ACARTS), TNMC & BYL Nair Ch. Hospital, Mumbai (July 2001-June 2013)
  • Research Associate, Ayurveda Research Centre, GSMC & KEMH, Mumbai (Feb 1999-June 2001)

Area of interest:

  • Development of anti-obesity drugs/formulations taking leads from Ayurveda
  • Providing Ayurvedic insights to current understanding of obesity pathology


  • Best Published Research Paper Award at Insight Ayurveda 2013 Conference organized by AVP Research Foundation, Coimbatore, 2013
  • “Ma. Va. Kolhatkar Samshodhan Puraskar” by Khadiwale Shikshan Sanstha, Pune 2012
  • “Jeevak Vidyarthi Puraskar” for Best Student (BAMS) by Nanal Foundation, Mumbai, 1994

Other activities

  • Member of Ethics Committee, Cipla Palliative Care & training centre, Pune and KLEUs BMK Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
  • Advisory board Member, Herbal Clinical Research Programme, DYP University, Navi Mumbai
  • MUHS approved faculty for Research Methodology and Biostatistics

Professional memberships:

  • Life Member of Indian Pharmacological Society
  • Life Member of International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM) India
  • Life Member of Mumbai Immunology Group
  • Member, Society for Ethnopharmacology- India, Pune Chapter


  • Total Published articles: 30
  • Book Chapters: 2
  • Edited books: 4

Research Programmes

The prevalence of obesity is rising in Indian population. It is rapidly becoming an epidemic in all age groups, both in males and females. This situation is alarming since obesity is associated with other co-morbidities such as hypertension, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular diseases etc. The current management options include lifestyle modification, drugs and bariatric surgery which have limitations such as limited success, adverse effects and cost-effectiveness respectively.

Against this background, our main focus is on development of anti-obesity drugs taking leads from Ayurveda, the Indian Traditional system of Medicine. The focus is to use Ayurvedic insights in order to upgrade the knowledge of conventional disease biology and usage of modern parameters for validation of basic concept of Ayurveda


  • Banjare J, Bhalerao S. A survey of marketed ayurvedic/herbal anti-obesity products. Int J Pharm Pharm Sci 2016;8(8):384-386
  • Munshi R, Bhalerao S, Nesari T. Evaluation of the efficacy of Brahmi ghrita in scopolamine induced amnesia in rats using Cook‟s pole apparatus. Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2016; 5:829-33.
  • Panchal FH, Ray S, Munshi RP, Bhalerao SS, Nayak CS. Alterations in Lipid metabolism and Antioxidant Status in Lichen Planus. Indian Journal of Dermatology 2015; 60(5): 439–444
  • Salunke M, Banjare J, Khadke S, Harke S, Kuvalekar A, Diwan A, Pankaj M, Shukla S, Ranjekar P, Bhalerao S. Estimation of serum Copeptin (A novel marker of metabolic syndrome) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Obes Metab Res 2015;2:191-4
  • Thatte U, Chiplunkar S, Bhalerao S, Kulkarni A, Ghungralkar R, Panchal F, Vetale S, Teli P, Kumbhar D, Munshi R. Immunological & metabolic responses to a therapeutic course of Basti in obesity. Indian J Med Res 2015;142:53-62
  • Belhekar MN, Bhalerao SS, Munshi RP. Ethics reporting practices in clinical research publications: A review of four Indian journals. Perspect Clin Res 2014; 5:129-33.
  • Munshi RP, Bhalerao SS, Kalekar SA, Patil TA. Exploration of the Angiogenic Potential of Honey. British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 2014; 4(4): 477-489
  • Bhalerao S, Munshi R, Nesari T, Shah H. Evaluation of Brāhmī ghṛtam in children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Ancient Sci Life 2013;33:123-30
  • Kalekar SA, Munshi RP, Bhalerao SS, Thatte UM. Insulin sensitizing effect of 3 Indian medicinal plants: An in vitro study. Indian J Pharmacol 2013;45:30-3
  • Bhalerao S, Deshpande T, Thatte U. Prakriti (Ayurvedic concept of constitution) and variations in platelet aggregation BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012, 12:248 doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-248
  • Sharma, U, Bhalerao SS, et al Polysaccharide enriched immunomodulatory fractions from Tinospora cordifolia (Willd) miers ax hook. f. & Thoms. Indian J Exp Biol. 2012; 50 (9):612-7
  • Dalvi AA, Bhalerao SS, Munshi RP. Effect of aqueous extract of bark of Alstonia scholaris Linn. on respiratory burst in Polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs). IJRAP 2012; 3(5): 720-723
  • Sharma, U, Bhalerao SS, et al Immunomodulatory active steroidal saponins from Asparagus racemosus. Medicinal Chemistry Research. (2012), doi: 10.1007/s00044-012-0048-4
  • Sharma, U, Bhalerao SS, et al Immunomodulatory active compounds from Tinospora cordifolia. J. Ethnopharmacol. (2012), doi:10.1016/j.jep.2012.03.027
  • Kalekar S, Karve A, Munshi R, Bhalerao S. Evaluation of the Adipogenic potential and glucose uptake stimulatory activity of Phyllanthus emblica and Tinospora cordifolia: an in vitro study. International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences. 2012; 3 (1): 230-236
  • Bhalerao S, Munshi R, Tilve P and Kumbhar D. A survey of the labeling information provided for ayurvedic drugs marketed in India. Int J Ayurveda Res. 2010 Oct-Dec; 1(4): 220–222.
  • Bhalerao S, Munshi R, Joshi S. Evaluation of the anti-inflammatory activity of Yograj Guggul: An in vitro study.International Journal of Phytomedicine. 2017; 9: 498-500
  • Salunke M, Giramkar S., Bhalerao S. In vitro free radical scavenging potential of Trimad (A polyherbal formulation). 2017 Int. J. Res. Ayurveda Pharm.-
  • Megha Salunke, Manasi Deshpande, Supriya Bhalerao. Experiential documentation of Trimad for its anti-obesity potential: A survey of Ayurvedic physicians from Pune city. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 2017 8(3), 190-193
  • S..Bhalerao S, et al.Letter to editor, J Ayurveda Integr Med (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaim.2017.01.002
  • Bhalerao S, Prasad BS, Attitude of Interns towards research as a career. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 2016; 7 (2): 77-78
  • Bhalerao S, Patwardhan K, Prakriti based research: Good reporting practices. 2016; 7 (1): 1-4

Review papers:

  • Banjare J, Bhalerao S. Obesity associated non-communicable disease burden. International Journal of Health & Allied Sciences 2016; 5(2): 81-87
  • Parab S, Bhalerao S. Choosing statistical test. Int J Ayurveda Res 2010;1:187-91
  • Parab S, Bhalerao S. Study designs. Int J Ayurveda Res 2010; 1:128-31
  • Kadam P, Bhalerao S. Sample size calculation. Int J Ayurveda Res 2010; 1:55-7
  • Bhalerao S, Godse C. Malaria: Ayurvedic Approach for Management and Potential of Medicinal Plants. The Journal of General Medicine, 2010; 22(2): 42-6
  • Thatte U, Bhalerao S. Pharmacovigilance of ayurvedic medicines in India. Indian J Pharmacol 2008; 40:10-2
  • Thatte UM and Bhalerao SS. Ayurveda and Liver Diseases. The Journal of General Practice, 1999; 26(6): 46-50.
  • Salunke M, Bhalerao . Anti-Obesity Effect of Trimad, a Polyherbal Formulation: A Review Int. J. Pharm. Sci. Rev. Res. 2016

Chapter in book:

  • Dahanukar SA, Thatte UM, Bhalerao SS; Current status in fertility regulation: Indigenous & modern approaches, CDRI, 2001, Herbal drugs for fertility regulation, pg: 67-89
  • Thatte UM, Bhalerao SS; Regulations in Clinical Research on Traditional Medicine, ICMR, 2013, Regulatory Requirement in Drug development and Clinical Research, pg: 299-314

Books edited:

  • Common Ayurvedic Formulations: Part II published by Ayurvidyavardhini, 2002
  • Concept of Prakriti: published by Ayurvidyavardhini 2004
  • Pharmacovigilance of Ayurvedic Medicines: Proceedings of Pre-conference Workshop, Update Ayurveda 2006, published by Ayurvidyavardhini
  • Proceedings of Seminar on Regulatory Aspects of Herbal Drugs, published by Ayurvidyavardhini 2012