Kilter 2017

On health, nutrition and fitness


Leveraging food for better health through data-driven approaches

Submitted by Ganesh Bagler (@gansbags) on Monday, 27 February 2017

Section: Full Talk Technical level: Beginner Status: Confirmed & Scheduled

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Have you ever wondered why do we combine ingredients in our recipes the way we do? Or for that matter, could we find scientific ways for altering diet to improve health? Our data-driven investigations aimed at probing patterns in traditional Indian recipes, in response to the first question, have led us to the discovery of a novel food pairing phenomenon in Indian cuisine. Our studies have revealed ‘culinary fingerprints’ of regional cuisines and role of spice as the molecular fulcrum of Indian recipes. Such data-driven explorations of food are opening new avenues for development of divergent applications in the domains of nutrition and health. One such direction is towards application of machine learning for ‘personalized nutrition’ that can potentially answer the second question, allowing us to leverage food as medicine.


  • Food as a key component of lifestyle diseases (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases)
  • Why we eat what we eat?
  • Discovery of the molecular essence of the Indian cuisine through data-driven analysis
  • Culinary fingerprints of regional cuisines
  • Exploting patterns in traditional recipes for novel recipe generation
  • Finding scientific ways of altering diet for better health
  • Using machine learning for personalized dietary recommendation

Speaker bio

Ganesh Bagler is an interdisciplinary researcher working in the areas of complex systems, computational biology, bioinformatics, in silico drug discovery, and applications of data science to health and medicine. He is trained in physics, computational techniques and computational biology, with PhD from CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, and postdoctoral training from National Centre for Biological Sciences and Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics. He is credited with the observation of assortative mixing in residue interaction graph models of protein structures as well as discovery of exceptional ‘contrasting food pairing’ in Indian cuisine. His research involves questions on the interface of biology, medicine and computational sciences. Based on the discovery of ‘contrasting food pairing’ in Indian cuisine and culinary fingerprints in regional cuisines, his lab is presently intensely involved in finding data-driven strategies to leverage food for better health.




  •   Pankaj Mujumdar (@pankajmujumdar668) 2 years ago

    good rese

  •   Pankaj Mujumdar (@pankajmujumdar668) 2 years ago

    good research going on

  •   Pankaj Mujumdar (@pankajmujumdar668) 2 years ago

    good research going on

  •   Mrutyunjaya channakki (@mrutyunjay1994) 2 years ago

    It’s good research to improve health.

  •   Upendra Joshi (@uj) 2 years ago

    Excellent work…one more way to improve health

    •   Ganesh Bagler (@gansbags) Proposer 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago)

      Thank you for the remarks. We indeed hope to build data-driven strategies that use patterns in recipes that dictate our food choices as well as those derived from evidence-based connections between food and health indicators. I am upbeat about utility of such strategies for better health.

  •   Archana Bharadwaj siva (@archanasiva) 2 years ago

    The accepted fact that Gut Microbiota has relevance in good health and “we are what we eat”to a large extent, the talk by Dr. bagler is timely and his area of reaserch is very relevant.

    •   Ganesh Bagler (@gansbags) Proposer 2 years ago

      Thank you for the thumbs up!

  •   Jayant Khandare (@khandarejaynt) 2 years ago

    great topic.

  •   Raghu Bhushan (@raghubhushan45) 2 years ago

    Excellent topic

  •   Santosh Krishna (@santoshk) 2 years ago

    all the best. gut flora determines suceptibility to several diseases and treatment response is a key field. along with your findings makes it further interesting.

    •   Ganesh Bagler (@gansbags) Proposer 2 years ago

      Thanks for the encouraging remarks!

  •   Sarita Agrawal (@river21073) 2 years ago

    Great Topic.

  •   Kristen McQuillin (@tink) Reviewer 2 years ago

    Fascinating topic. Only the last 5 slides seem to focus on the “better health through data-driven approaches” topic title. Can you expand a bit more on how data combines with culinary diversity and regional cuisine fingerprints to achieve better health?

    •   Ganesh Bagler (@gansbags) Proposer 2 years ago

      Thanks for the remarks, Kristen. Yes indeed, I am working on the last bit to elaborate on two components: (1) Using patterns derived from recipes (in terms of pairing and culinary fingerprints) for generating novel recipes with desired ingredients. (2) Research directions that use data of diet, microbiome, blood parameters etc. to identify food with desired health impact using data analystics.

  •   Ranjit Joshi (@joshiranjit) 2 years ago

    great work Dr Bagler. all the best to endeavour..

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  •   ritesh verma (@ritesh456) 6 months ago

    Thanks for writing this great article. I’ve been using some of these techniques on by blog. But I didn’t know the phrase “Social Proof”. Thanks for sharing.

  •   john Smith (@johnmith) 3 months ago (edited 3 months ago)

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  •   Syed Afshan (@syedecryptr) 2 years ago

    Very Informative.

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